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America will never be gay and lesbian friendly, says researcher

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Posted June 25, 2013

The relationship between church, state and the international crisis facing welfare finance is the root cause of why some countries are friendlier to same-sex couples than others, according to a University of Manchester researcher.

Professor Angie Wilson’s findings, based on an analysis of ten countries, are published in her new book this month, ahead of the US Supreme Court’s judgement on gay marriage this week.

According to Professor Wilson, the court’s nine justices are unlikely to proclaim a national right to same-sex marriage, differing widely from the attitudes of policy makers in Western Europe.

In her book, ‘Why Europe is Lesbian and Gay friendly and why America never will be’, published by Suny Press, she argues there is a gap in how we understand the advancement of gay rights across different countries.

Well organised gay and lesbian movements, political action, changes in social attitudes and human rights legislation, have all contributed to policy changes in gay friendly Europe, she says.

But more fundamental is the ‘Political economy of care’: the intersection of state, market, religious and family relations.

She will be giving a prestigious TED talk on the topic, online next month.

She said: “My research asks how is it that so many European countries have policies that protect citizens from discrimination based on sexual orientation and recognize same-sex couples, when many American states do not?

Read more at: Phys.org

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