LGBT History Month: A look at behind-the-scenes groundwork that leads to the headline-grabbing victories.

BY RYAN R. THORESON In October 1994, a group of U.S. activists led by Rodney Wilson, a teacher in Missouri, created LGBT History Month. Adopting a strategy pioneered with Black History Month in the 1970s and Women’s History Month in the 1980s, the activists launched the project as a way to ensure the varied and … More LGBT History Month: A look at behind-the-scenes groundwork that leads to the headline-grabbing victories.

Explore the frightening landscape where water and thirst are political, and drought is a business opportunity.

Click here to download the graphic version of this article. This week is World Water Week in Stockholm, where more than 200 organizations are convening to discuss global water and development issues. In light of this event, we wanted to take the opportunity to feature a new book that responds to these same issues and … More Explore the frightening landscape where water and thirst are political, and drought is a business opportunity.

How did same-sex marriage gain historic wins at the ballot box yesterday? Three ideas.

BY AMY STONEAssistant professor of sociology at Trinity University in San Antonio Last night was a huge victory for same-sex marriage at the ballot box. This November, voters in four states—Minnesota, Maryland, Maine, and Washington—were faced with ballot measures about same-sex marriage. For the first time, these ballot measures (all except Minnesota) had the potential … More How did same-sex marriage gain historic wins at the ballot box yesterday? Three ideas.

Same-sex marriage: In November, four states have the power to make history.

It’s going to be a nail-biting month: While Minnesotans will decide whether to ban same-sex marriage at the polls in November, voters in Washington State, Maine, and Maryland will be deciding whether to legalize same-sex marriage. BY AMY STONEAssistant professor of sociology at Trinity University in San Antonio This fall, same-sex marriage will be on … More Same-sex marriage: In November, four states have the power to make history.

Obama’s support of same-sex marriage: A game-changer?

BY AMY STONEAssistant professor of sociology at Trinity University in San Antonio This has been an unexpectedly dramatic year for same-sex marriage, and this past week is no exception. Not only did North Carolina voters handily pass a constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage this week but President Barack Obama also publicly announced his support for … More Obama’s support of same-sex marriage: A game-changer?

The National Organization for Marriage is part of a long history of "divide and conquer"

The National Organization for Marriage’s latest tactics—the latest reflecting a search for “non-intellectual” celebrity spokespeople, have been making headlines this week. The thing is, these tactics are nothing new. Image source. BY AMY STONEAssistant professor of sociology at Trinity University in San Antonio and author of Gay Rights at the Ballot Box In several news … More The National Organization for Marriage is part of a long history of "divide and conquer"

Ballot measures in the courts: Proposition 8 and Romer v. Evans

This 2008 photo is of a protest against California’s Proposition 8 in Washington, D.C. A federal court’s declaration this week that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional makes California a most unusual case. BY AMY STONEAssistant professor of sociology at Trinity University in San Antonio and author of the forthcoming book Gay Rights at the Ballot Box … More Ballot measures in the courts: Proposition 8 and Romer v. Evans

New Jersey’s governor and same-sex marriage: Shall we let the voters decide?

BY AMY STONEAssistant professor of sociology at Trinity University in San Antonio and author of the forthcoming book Gay Rights at the Ballot Box In a recent article in The New York Times, “Christie Wants Voters to Decide on Gay Marriage,” New Jersey governor Chris Christie warned that he would veto a bill to legalize … More New Jersey’s governor and same-sex marriage: Shall we let the voters decide?

What happens when churches support anti-gay ballot measures?

BY AMY STONEAssistant professor of sociology at Trinity University in San Antonio and author of the forthcoming book Gay Rights at the Ballot Box According to the recent Minnesota Star Tribune article “Priests Told Not to Voice Dissent” (January 15, 2012), archibishop John Nienstedt is attempting to mandate the Catholic Church’s support of the Minnesota … More What happens when churches support anti-gay ballot measures?