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Rimmerman’s book published

Professor of Public Policy Studies and Political Science Craig Rimmerman is the co-editor of a new book, “The Politics of Same-Sex Marriage,” published by the University of Chicago Press.

Same-sex marriage appeared as one of the hottest issues of the 2004 campaign season. In a severe blow to gay rights advocates, voters in all 11 states where it was on the ballot adopted amendments banning the practice, and same-sex marriage soon dropped off the media’s radar.

Rimmerman and co-editor Clyde Wilcox examine the waxing and waning of the issue in the public eye since 1996, when the federal Defense of Marriage Act was adopted. Since then, court rulings and legislatures have kept the issue alive in the political sphere, and conservatives and gay rights advocates have made it a key battlefield in the culture wars.

Assistant Professor of Political Science DeWayne L. Lucas wrote a chapter, “Same-Sex Marriage in the 2004 Election,” which examines the debate in that year’s presidential and Congressional elections, and how the issue helped unite factions within the Republican party.

Rimmerman, a member of the faculty since 1986, holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and English from Miami University and his master’s and doctoral degrees in political science from Ohio State University.

Wilcox, who spoke on “Evangelical Women and Feminism” for a Fisher Center program during the Spring 2006 semester, is a professor of government at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He, Rimmerman and Kenneth Wald are co-editors of “The Politics of Gay Rights,” published in 2000 by the University of Chicago Press.

Lucas, who joined the faculty in 2000, holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and his master’s and doctorate from State University of New York at Binghamton.

Copies are now available at The College Store.