What light does your research on past elections shed on the positions the current candidates are taking on social issues — particularly gay rights — or lack thereof? The more traditional and organized political parties that have governed the country in recent decades have struggled to gain support for their candidates in the face of emerging parties that hit a nerve with voters. Compared to immigration, abortion, and gun control, gay rights has not played nearly as prominent a role in the campaign thus far. I wanted to shift the focus to include cultural also called social issues. Based on these two analyses, Dr. According to the international court, same-sex couples must have the same marriage rights as a heterosexual couple. The Tico Times Weekly Digest:
The most prominent social issue in the presidential election is immigration.
Gay Rights and Presidential Elections
Why did you choose this subject to research, and why is this topic of value in academics? Clearly, Trump and most of the GOP candidates who dropped out of the race have gotten considerable mileage from this issue. Approximately 80 percent of the population says that religion is important in their lives and 70 percent identify themselves as Catholics, according to the CIEP. What is your opinion of the race for the presidential nomination in terms of the ways the candidates are using social issues to generate public support? As the liberal voices on immigration, Sanders and Clinton have offered policies that appeal to their more tolerant base of voters. Many a reviewer and editor rejected my claim that gay rights issues are electorally important.
At the state level, where such gay rights policies as employment nondiscrimination and same-sex couple adoption attract attention, we may see more debate that could influence policy voting for gubernatorial candidates, state legislative candidates, or judicial candidates. Compared to immigration, abortion, and gun control, gay rights has not played nearly as prominent a role in the campaign thus far. What is your opinion of the race for the presidential nomination in terms of the ways the candidates are using social issues to generate public support? Some gay rights issues are now legally settled. The topic dominated the news in recent weeks and motivated strong reactions form the Catholic and evangelical churches. None of the 13 candidates appear close to the required 40 percent to win the contest in the first round.