Science, Sexuality, and Civil Rights: Does Information on the Causes of Sexual Orientation Change Attitudes?

  title={Science, Sexuality, and Civil Rights: Does Information on the Causes of Sexual Orientation Change Attitudes?},
  author={Elizabeth Suhay and Jeremiah J. Garretson},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={692 - 696}
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