Sociologists Available to Discuss Supreme Court’s Rulings in the Gay Marriage Cases

Newswise — WASHINGTON, DC, June 24, 2013 — The American Sociological Association (ASA) has sociologists available to discuss the Supreme Court’s rulings in the same-sex marriage cases.

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 gay 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 same-sex relationships 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.

Brian Powell is the James H. Rudy Professor in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University Bloomington. 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.


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