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Type: Journal article
Title: Comparing same-sex marriage in Australia and Canada: institutions and political will
Author: Johnson, C.
Tremblay, M.
Citation: Government and Opposition: an international journal of comparative politics, 2018; 53(1):131-158
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 1477-7053
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Carol Johnson and Manon Tremblay
Abstract: This article explores why there have been such different trajectories in regard to same-sex marriage in Australia and Canada. Canada was one of the first countries to introduce same-sex marriage (in 2005) and, at time of writing, Australia still had not done so.1 The comparison is particularly interesting given that Australia and Canada have relatively similar political institutions except that Australia has no Charter of Rights. Miriam Smith has suggested that institutional factors explain the different trajectories of policies on same-sex marriage in Canada and the US. However, the shift in comparative lens to Canada and Australia provides new insights into the key role of factors influencing ‘political will’ in regard to same-sex marriage in both countries. Those multiple influences do include institutions but also the role played by party electoral strategies. Consequently, the article provides insights into the factors that can influence minority group rights in different national democratic settings.
Keywords: same-sex marriage; Australia; Canada; gay; lesbian; politics
Rights: © The Authors 2016. Published by Government and Opposition Limited and Cambridge University Press
DOI: 10.1017/gov.2016.36
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