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Hot Topics: Same Sex Marriage

Why is this a hot topic?

Check out the Gay Rights report regarding the overturn of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  You can also do a DOMA  search in Google News for very recent news. For news that is a little older, try the database ProQuest Newsstand, searching again for DOMA.

You might also want to take a look at:

Changes to Federal Benefits after the Supreme Court's Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). (2013).

Jost, K. (2013, March 15). Gay Marriage. CQ Researcher, 23(11).

Levy, A. (2013, September 30). The Perfect Wife. New Yorker, 54-63.

National Conference of State Legislatures. (2013). Same Sex Marriage Laws.

United States v. Windsor, No. 12-307 (U.S. Jun. 26, 2013).


How to find background information -

Try starting with our catalog, URSUS.  Click on LC Subject and type in Same Sex Marriage.  You'll find things like:


An Argument for Same-Sex Marriage

Between a Man and a Woman: Why Conservatives Oppose Same-Sex Marriage 

Courthouse Democracy and Minority Rights: Same-Sex Marriage in the States

From the Closet to the Altar

Not the Marrying Kind: A Feminist Critique of Same Sex Marriage

Same-Sex Marriage in the United States


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How to find journal articles -

Try using some of our specialized databases.  For this topic try using the Advanced Search option in the databases LGBT Life, Sociological Abstracts, or Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (if you are off campus, you will need to enter your name and the barcode number on the back of your MaineCard)

An Advanced Search on Same Sex Marriage as a Subject in any of these databases will come up with articles like:

The Conspiracy of Silence: Context and Voting on Gay Marriage Ballot Measures (Dyck, J.J & Pearson-Merkowitz, S., 2012, Political Research Quarterly, 65, 4, 745-757.

Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships (Kleinman, M. & Wicks, K.D., 2012, Georgetown Journal of Gender & the Law, 13, 2, 365-424)

Social Inclustion and the Value of Marriage Equality in Massachusetts and the Netherlands (Badgett, M., 2011, Journal of Social Issues, 67, 2, 316-334)


How to find out more about differing viewpoints -

Family Research Council


Heritage Foundation

Human Rights Campaign

Lambda Legal

National Organization for Marriage


Don't forget, you can always Ask a Librarian for more help!

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