The elections of 2008 saw the passage of several overwhelming and explicit condemnations of gay rights across the nation. Most damaging to the gay marriage movement was the successful passage of proposition 8 in California, the first time that the right to gay marriage was repealed. I argue that the continued modeling of the civil rights framework defers an analysis of the argumentative strategies of historically gendered movements such as the suffrage movement and is a disservice to the strategic potential of the marriage equality movement. The critical comparison made here between suffrage and marriage equality opens the potential for our foremothers to teach us to effectively counter gender stereotypes in the pursuit of national legislative equality.
Kelsey, Michelle L.
"Gendered Social Movements: A Critical Comparison of the Suffrage and Gay Marriage Movements,"
Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research:
Vol. 8, Article 7.
Available at: http://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/kaleidoscope/vol8/iss1/7