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Same-Sex Marriage in Latin America

Promise and Resistance

Edited by Jason Pierceson; Adriana Piatti-Crocker and Shawn Schulenberg - Contributions by María Gracia Andía; Daniel Bonilla; Margarita Corral; Germán Lodola; Genaro Lozano and Diego Sempol

This book is a follow-up volume to Same-Sex Marriage in the Americas: Policy Innovation for Same-Sex Relationships published by Lexington Books in 2010. It sheds light on regional, national, and individual-level factors that have led to major developments for same-sex relationship equality in Latin America and explores institutional, political, and social barriers for same-sex couples in the region. The first section of the book deals with general aspects of same-sex rights and policies in the Americas; including public opinion regarding same-sex marriage, diffusion of policy innovations for same-sex couples, judicialization of LGBT rights, and the role of the left in support of same-sex rights in Latin America. The second section examines country-cases regarding same-sex policies in Latin America and includes separate chapters on Central America, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, and Uruguay. Overall, this research is innovative and unique because it covers the understudied policies of same-sex relationships in Latin America, despite its recent major developments, and includes both regional and national level analyses to explain such developments. « less more »
Lexington Books
Pages: 186Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
978-0-7391-6702-1 • Hardback • December 2012 • $84.00 • (£54.95)
978-0-7391-6703-8 • Paperback • December 2012 • $39.99 • (£24.95)
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Jason Pierceson is an associate professor of political science and legal studies at the University of Illinois Springfield.

Adriana Piatti-Crocker is an associate professor at the University of Illinois Springfield and is a comparative politics scholar on Latin America and gender and politics.

Shawn Schulenberg is an assistant professor and director of graduate studies in the department of political science at Marshall University.
Part I: Themes
Chapter 1: Diffusion of Same-Sex Policies in Latin America
Adriana Piatti-Crocker
Chapter 2: The Lavender Tide? LGBT Rights and the Latin American Left Today
Shawn Schulenberg
Chapter 3: Support for Same-Sex Marriage in Latin America
Germán Lodola and Margarita Corral
Chapter 4: Variations in the Judicialization of Same-Sex Marriage Politics in Latin America
Jason Pierceson
Part II: Countries
Chapter 5: Same-Sex Partnership Rights in Central America: The Case of Panama
Shawn Schulenberg
Chapter 6: The Creation of Civil Partnerships in Uruguay
Diego Sempol
Chapter 7: Same-Sex Couples in Colombia: Three Models for their Legal and Political Recognition
Daniel Bonilla
Chapter 8: Legal Mobilization and the Road to Same-Sex Marriage in Argentina
Maria Gracia Andía
Chapter 9: The Battle for Marriage Equality in Mexico, 2001-2011
Genaro Lozano
This volume assembles some of the most innovative authors working on LGBT politics in Latin America. The study of LGBT rights is an exciting new dimension in the study of the quality of democracy that has long been ignored. This volume proves that the study of the politics of sexuality, like the activism on behalf of sexuality rights in Latin America, is here to stay.
Javier Corrales, Amherst College

This terrific follow up to Same-Sex Marriage in the Americas presents an incisive and comprehensive picture of the evolution of the issue across Latin America. The editors and contributors bring their critical insights to advance the understanding of the development of same-sex marriage policy through the use of a wide range of approaches and tools. From the fascinating case studies to the doctrinal analysis and the public opinion data, this volume impresses in every dimension.
Charles Anthony "Tony" Smith, University of California, Irvine