homosexual, homosexual marriage, social construction theory, vernacular resources, Ibarra and Kitsuse, Goodridge v. Department of Public Health
Same-sex marriage has been heavily debated in academics and in the public sphere. During the 2004 Presidential election same-sex marriage became an issue that polarized the candidates. It has become a lightning rod for public debate. Due to the increasing attention to the controversy of legalizing same-sex marriage, it is an important topic for research. This paper seeks to contribute to the research of same-sex marriage by providing insight into claims-making efforts to define same-sex marriage as a social problem. My findings shed light on this topic from a social constructionist perspective by examining the use of rhetorical idioms of the claims made by opposing parties in the debate over same-sex marriage as it relates to the court ruling in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health.
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Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Arts and Sciences
Sociology and Anthropology
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Nead, Sandra Kay, "A Constructionist Analysis Of Same-sex Marriage" (2005). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 476.