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What can straight people do to support gay rights? How much work or sacrifice must allies take on to do their share? Ian Ayres and Jennifer Brown--law professors, activists, husband and wife--propose practical strategies for helping straight men and women advocate for and with the gay community.

Straightforward advances a thesis that is at once simple and groundbreaking: to make real progress at the central flashpoints of controversy--marriage rights, employment discrimination, gays in the military, exclusion from the Boy Scouts, and religious controversies over homosexuality--straight as well as gay people need to speak up and act for equality. Ayres and Brown take aim at both the hearts and minds of the general public, focusing on strategies that can change the incentives and therefore the behavior of the recalcitrant.

The book is peppered with stories about real people and the decisions they have faced at home, in church, at work, in school, and in politics. It is also filled with creative legal and economic strategies for influencing public and corporate decision-making. For example, Ayres and Brown propose the development of a "fair employment mark" to help companies advertise inclusive employment policies. They also show how a simple pledge to vacation in states that legalize gay marriage can create powerful incentives for legislatures to amend their marriage laws.

Engagingly written and sure to spark debate, Straightforward promises to change the way America thinks about--and participates in--the gay rights movement.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. 1: Heterosexual Allies and the Gay Rights Movement
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. Part I: Exercising Privilege
  2. pp. 15-16
  1. 2: Parenting, Parishes, PTAs, and Places of Employment
  2. pp. 17-59
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  1. 3: The Vacation Pledge for Equal Marriage Rights
  2. pp. 60-78
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  1. 4: The Fair Employment Mark
  2. pp. 79-94
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  1. Part II: Disabling Privilege
  2. pp. 95-96
  1. 5: Ambiguation
  2. pp. 97-115
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  1. 6: The Inclusive Command Voluntary Integration of the U.S. Military
  2. pp. 116-142
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  1. Part III: Renouncing Privilege
  2. pp. 143-144
  1. 7: The Informed Association Statute and the Boy Scouts of America
  2. pp. 145-161
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  1. 8: Renounce or Share?
  2. pp. 162-177
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  1. 9: Working with Organizations Advocating Gay Rights
  2. pp. 178-194
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 195-236
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 237-246
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400837472
Related ISBN
9780691121345
MARC Record
OCLC
733057493
Pages
304
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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