publication . Article . 2011

Gay Rights and Legislative Wrongs: Representation of Gays and Lesbians

Bishin, Benjamin G.; Smith, Charles Anthony;
Open Access English
  • Published: 09 Mar 2011
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Country: United States
Over the past half-century, students of democratic representation have investigated the extent to which elected officials act as their constituents prefer. Less attention has been paid to the fact that in addition to popular sovereignty, however, modern republican democracy is characterized by the values of liberty and equality. Democratic theorists suggest that these latter values should prevail in cases of conflict when the issue in question speaks to citizens’ fundamental rights, as is the case with gay marriage. We examine this question of representation and responsiveness with respect to gay marriage, an issue of importance to the gay community—a small and ...
free text keywords: minority group representation, gay rights, sub-constituency politics, DOMA, Social and Behavioral Sciences
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