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Lecture 9 – 2-9-17 How in a democracy where the government can regulate stuff that people want? Lawrence v. Texas o Sodomy case Public opinion Backlash paper Anytime that minority groups sought equality, they’ve had to wait because they may face backlash o Negative reaction to threatened changes in the status quo by those seeking to maintain power o Attempt to maintain power, importance, or status o Against WHO? Latinos African Americans Women Gays and Lesbians Canada = Great White Menace o Charles Anthony Smith LITigate or Legislate In the early 1960s blacks were told to wait for the courts and don’t push the legislators Now, gays and lesbians are told wait for the legislators and don’t push the courts Does backlash occur? Which citizens are most likely to experience backlash How does backlash manifest? Examining gay rights movement o Attitudes have improved yet there’s still opposition o Discrimination is widespread 29 states have no law preventing discrimination bases on sexual orientation
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