Newswise — WASHINGTON, DC, April 28, 2015 — With the Supreme Court of the United States hearing oral arguments today in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, which addresses the matter of marriage equality and the constitutional status of state bans on same-sex marriage, the American Sociological Association (ASA) has a number of sociologists available to discuss same-sex marriage.
Dawn Baunach is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Georgia State University. Her research examines sexual attitudes and behaviors including: sexual fluidities, sexual disclosure, sexual prejudices, and same-sex marriage. Baunach’s studies on same-sex marriage include: “Changing Same-Sex Marriage Attitudes in America from 1988 Through 2010,” as well as, “Decomposing Trends in Attitudes Toward Gay Marriage, 1988-2006.”
Mary Bernstein is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut. A past chair of ASA’s Section on the Sociology of Sexualities, Bernstein has authored and edited a variety of publications on the LGBT community and politics including: Queer Mobilizations: LGBT Activists Confront the Law; Queer Families, Queer Politics: Challenging Culture and the State; and “Sexual Citizenship and the Pursuit of Relationship-Recognition Policies in Australia and the United States.” She is also co-editor of the 2013 book, The Marrying Kind? Debating Same-Sex Marriage Within the Lesbian and Gay Movement.
Kathleen E. Hull is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota. In her 2006 book, Same-Sex Marriage: The Cultural Politics of Love and Law, Hull considers the debates over who is allowed to marry, what marriage signifies, and where marriage is headed, as well as data from interviews with more than 70 people in same-sex relationships, to explore the cultural practices surrounding same-sex marriage and the legal battle for recognition. She is currently conducting research on conceptions of family among LGBT people.
Wendy Manning is a Professor of Sociology, Director of the Center for Family & Demographic Research, and Co-Director of the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University. She led the ASA’s examination of the social science research, which was the foundation for the amicus brief the association filed with the Supreme Court in support of marriage equality. The ASA’s brief highlights the social science consensus that children raised by same-sex parents fare just as well as children raised by different-sex parents.
Brian Powell is the James H. Rudy Professor in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University Bloomington. A past Vice President of the ASA, Powell is the lead author of the 2010 book, Counted Out: Same-Sex Relations and Americans’ Definitions of Family, which explores Americans’ public opinion regarding same-sex families and same-sex marriage. He is also an author of studies including: “Public Opinion, the Courts, and Same-Sex Marriage: Four Lessons Learned” and the forthcoming “Measurement, Methods, and Divergent Patterns: Reassessing the Effects of Same-Sex Parents.”
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