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Courthouse democracy and minority rights : same-sex marriage in the states

Author: Robert J Hume
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2013.
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Robert J. Hume examines how the democratization of state courts and state constitutional systems has influenced the capacity of judges to protect minority rights. Through an intensive examination of same-sex marriage policy, Hume shows that democratic innovations like judicial elections and initiative amendment procedures have conditioned the impact of judges on state marriage laws. Using a combination of original  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert J Hume
ISBN: 9780199982172 0199982171
OCLC Number: 815044322
Description: xii, 217 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Promises, promises --
Understanding the impact of state supreme courts --
Early same-sex marriage decisions --
Massachusetts and beyond --
Policy initiation: the diffusion of same-sex marriage cases across the states --
Policy legitimation: evaluating the capacity of state courts to change public opinion --
Policy endurance: the enactment of state constitutional amendments prohibiting same-sex marriage --
The promise of state courts.
Responsibility: Robert J. Hume.

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