America’s Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage

The historical background for the struggle over same-sex marriage includes marriage in the Western world being a privileged status imbued with a spirit of reverence – being a sacrament in Catholicism and a covenant with God in much of Protestantism. The struggle over same-sex marriage also involves long-standing social forms being challenged by the principles of freedom and equality – a point illustrated in the picture on the cover of Pinello's book showing a same-sex marriage rally demanding free and equal access to marriage.