Gay Rights in the States: Public Opinion and Policy Responsiveness

@article{Lax2009GayRI,
  title={Gay Rights in the States: Public Opinion and Policy Responsiveness},
  author={Jeffrey R. Lax and Justin H. Phillips},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  year={2009},
  volume={103},
  pages={367 - 386}
}
We study the effects of policy-specific public opinion on state adoption of policies affecting gays and lesbians, and the factors that condition this relationship. Using national surveys and advances in opinion estimation, we create new estimates of state-level support for eight policies, including civil unions and nondiscrimination laws. We differentiate between responsiveness to opinion and congruence with opinion majorities. We find a high degree of responsiveness, controlling for interest… 
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