Religious Responses to Marriage Equality
The Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) ended a 20-year political battle over same-sex marriage in the USA. The ruling in favor of a constitutional right for gays and lesbians to marry reflected growing social acceptance and political rights for gays and lesbians. At the same time, America remains a deeply religious country and many religious organizations have long opposed same-sex marriage. How do religious organizations interpret, process, and respond to shifting attitudes and public policy toward the LGBT community?
Examining how religious groups in America have responded theologically and politically to the legalization of same-sex marriage, the book provides case studies from across the American religious spectrum to explore how each group understands same-sex marriage and has reacted theologically, socially, and politically to its new standing as a constitutional right. Each case study focuses on formal statements made by church leaders, incorporates original data gathered from interviews with regional and local religious authorities, and analyzes existing polling data of adherents at large.
Offering a comprehensive examination of religious responses to marriage equality in the USA, this book will interest scholars and students in the fields of religion and politics, civil rights, social change, and public policy.
Chapter 1 - The advancement of marriage equality Chapter 2 - Evangelical Protestants and marriage equality Chapter 3 - Mainline Methodists and marriage equality Chapter 4 - Mainline Presbyterians, Episcopalians, and marriage equality Chapter 5 - Roman Catholics and marriage equality Chapter 6 - Religious Minorities and marriage equality Conclusion - understanding religious responses to marriage equality
"Social change can be a confounding topic to study in meaningful and comprehensive ways. Perry’s work makes excellent use of detailed case studies to show how sections of society interact with changing social norms. The religious responses show as much about the evolving nature of American politics as they do the individual traditions." - Christopher Cronin, Associate Professor of Political Science, Methodist University