Gay Marriage: Legal and Constitutional Issues

A Guide to Resources

On this page are resources available in or through the Ithaca College Library that should help you explore and research the topic of gay marriage, especially as it is related to legal and constitutional issues.

E-Books

Here is a selection of titles.  You can also search ebrary directly.

Find Scholarly Articles and News

  • GenderWatch
    GenderWatch is a full-text database containing 140 international publications plus reports, pamphlets, papers and conference proceedings devoted to women's and gender issues. It is a repository of materials on gender issues worldwide, the evolution of the women's movement, and the changes in gender roles over the last twenty years.
  • Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
    Indexes & abstracts research papers in the social sciences (legal, economics, management, marketing, politics, etc.). Contains working / forthcoming papers (not yet available in print). Some are fulltext.
  • CQ Researcher offers background information, timelines, and a bibliography for myriad hot topices. At this writing the last update on gay marriage was three years old, but when you read this there may be something more recent..  CQ Weekly covers news in Congress and will update you on the status of issues, so as Congress acts or fails to act on this issue, there should be coverage.Secondary SourcesUse the following library databases to find articles in periodicals, newspapers and scholarly journals
  • EBSCO databases: you can combine a number of EBSCO databases together:
    Academic Search Premier , Alternative Press Index , America: History and Life , LGBT Life, Newspaper Source and SocINDEX with Full Text .  Click on "Choose databases" above the search box and check the ones you want.  Here is a sample search: SU Same-sex marriages  (SU=subject).
  • GenderWatch
    GenderWatch is a full-text database containing 140 international publications plus reports, pamphlets, papers and conference proceedings devoted to women's and gender issues. It is a repository of materials on gender issues worldwide, the evolution of the women's movement, and the changes in gender roles over the last twenty years.
  • LexisNexis Academic Search LexisNexis for news or legal information (casescodes, law review artices). 
  • ProQuest Social Science Journals  This is a basic database indexing an array of ariticles in the social sciences.
  • PolicyArchive Indexes reports from a variety of think tanks

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Gay Marriage: Legal and Constitutional Issues

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President Obama's statement

President Obama's statement in support of marriage equality on ABC News: video and transcript

Related Guides

Need more information?  Try these related library research guides:

Websites

  • NPR: The Legal Battle Over Gay Marriage - State-By-State Map: The interactive map provides a brief summary of the legislation or court action on gay marriage for each state.
  • Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life: Gay Marriage and Homosexuality covers the issue in the form of opinion polls.
  • ACLU's LGBT Project: Relationships. Press releases, legal and legislative documents, case profiles, fact sheets, and other resources related to the organization's efforts to secure marriage for same-sex couples and win legal recognition for LGBT relationships.
  • National Conference of State Legislatures Under the Issues & Research tab, there is a fact and resource sheet on, "Same Sex Marriage, Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships"
  • Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality covers many related issues, even if gay marriage is not one of the main ones.
  • Pew Research Center reported that 22% of the public strongly support gay marriage. (April 4-15, 2012)
  • Williams Institute
    Based at the UCLA School of Law, the Williams Institute provides law and public policy guidance in the field of sexual orientation through research and scholarship.
  • Human Rights Campaign
    The largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans.

Government: primary sources

For primary resources, use FDsys and Thomas Legislative Information (Library of Congress): New York primary sources