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Title: Get Away from the Altar: Attitudes Towards Same Sex and Multi Racial Relationships
Authors: Bloch, Katrina Rebecca
Advisors: Melvin Thomas, Committee Member
Barbara Risman, Committee Chair
Don Tomaskovic-Devey, Committee Member
Keywords: heterosexism
race relations
Issue Date: 27-Sep-2004
Degree: MS
Discipline: Sociology
Abstract: This paper explores the social processes that influence attitudes that legitimate the cultural discrimination toward same sex unions and multi racial marriage. Both types of relationships remain marginalized in today's society. Utilizing the 2000 and 2002 General Social Survey datasets, I assess if race, sex, religion and gender ideology affect attitudes toward same sex and multi racial couples in a similar manner. Parallel logistic regression models are run to explore the role of race, sex, religion and gender ideology in explaining attitudes towards both same sex marriage and multiracial marriage. The results suggest that the processes that influence white attitudes are similar for both types of relationships. However, the attitudes of the black sample are not so easily predicted. While the lack of statistical significance within the black population may partially be explained by a small sample size, the results do suggest that the processes leading to negative attitudes towards both types of relationships may be different for blacks and whites. Possible explanations are provided and suggestions for future research addressed.
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