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Discourse, Identity, and Social Change in the Marriage Equality Debates$
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Karen Tracy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190217969

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190217969.001.0001

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Religion, Citizenship, and Identity in US Law-Making

Religion, Citizenship, and Identity in US Law-Making

(p.107) 6 Religion, Citizenship, and Identity in US Law-Making
Discourse, Identity, and Social Change in the Marriage Equality Debates

Karen Tracy

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a brief history of how religion has been understood to connect with the government and laws in the United States. It describes six distinct ways that religious ideas and terms entered citizen testimony. Then, particularly focusing on the Hawaii hearing, the chapter argues that the facework strategies employed by religious, anti–civil-union testifiers evidence that American society was well into a frame flip by 2009. It had become questionable in public discourse to frame homosexuality as a matter of conduct; gays and lesbians had become a category of citizen entitled to the rights of all other citizens.

Keywords:   religion in public discourse, citizen testimony, legislative hearing, facework strategies, invoking democracy, same-sex marriage

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