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Framing Public Discussion of Gay Civil Unions
Unformatted Document Text:  Framing Public Discussion 21 consequently had a chance to hear why others thought that legal standing was desirable, and vice versa. Consider, for instance, this exchange within a heterogeneous group (#34) responding to the “civil unions” prompt: [22:31] <Diana > I agree with Bush completely on this one. A marriage is a union between a man and a woman, not two men or two women. [22:31] <Bea > Legally I think it is okay. [22:32] < Jim > I am TOTALLY AGAINST any legal union between anyone other than one man and one woman!! That is the fundamental foundation of the family which is the fundamental foundation of society. Besides, God says it’s wrong. [22:33] < Diana > Amen, Jim. That’s what my Bible says. [22:34] <Susan > What’s wrong with a legal contract that recognizes commitment? [22:34] < Bea > If they live together and share income and expenses, I think it is okay for them to have some of the legal advantages. [22:35] < Diana > If you mean as in a marriage license, I’m sorry, but I don’t agree. I also don’t agree that children should be brought up in that type of union. [22:36] < Jim > Does that mean that two siblings should have the same rights as a married couple if they are living together, what about roommates if they sign a contract? [22:36] < Susan > Diana, I’d argue that it’s most important that children be raised by parents who love them, regardless of sexuality. Diana and Jim adopted a moral frame, staking out strong opposition to civil unions, while Bea and Susan repeatedly emphasize the legal (as opposed to moral) equivalence of gay partnerships and heterosexual marriage. These four participants quickly formed two-person alliances with very different perspectives on the matter. Nevertheless, they did not talk past each other; rather they considered or attempted to rebut the opposition. For instance, Jim challenged Bea to define the essential component of marriage as something other than shared expenses. Susan, on the other hand, picked up Diana’s objection to raising children in “that type of union,” and counter-argued with a moral stand of her own (love, not sexuality, is the key to raising children). There was, then, as hypothesized, considerable variability in the frames invoked, along with some apparent differences across group types. The qualitative analysis tended to find, as expected, considerably greater opposition (justified on moral grounds) in the conservative groups, and higher levels of support (justified on grounds of equality) in the liberal groups. To

Authors: Price, Vincent., Nir, Lilach. and Cappella, Joseph.
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Framing Public Discussion
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consequently had a chance to hear why others thought that legal standing was desirable, and vice
versa. Consider, for instance, this exchange within a heterogeneous group (#34) responding to
the “civil unions” prompt:
[22:31] <Diana > I agree with Bush completely on this one. A marriage is a union between a man and a
woman, not two men or two women.
[22:31] <Bea > Legally I think it is okay.
[22:32] < Jim > I am TOTALLY AGAINST any legal union between anyone other than one man and one
woman!! That is the fundamental foundation of the family which is the fundamental foundation of
society. Besides, God says it’s wrong.
[22:33] < Diana > Amen, Jim. That’s what my Bible says.
[22:34] <Susan > What’s wrong with a legal contract that recognizes commitment?
[22:34] < Bea > If they live together and share income and expenses, I think it is okay for them to have some
of the legal advantages.
[22:35] < Diana > If you mean as in a marriage license, I’m sorry, but I don’t agree. I also don’t agree that
children should be brought up in that type of union.
[22:36] < Jim > Does that mean that two siblings should have the same rights as a married couple if they are
living together, what about roommates if they sign a contract?
[22:36] < Susan > Diana, I’d argue that it’s most important that children be raised by parents who love them,
regardless of sexuality.

Diana and Jim adopted a moral frame, staking out strong opposition to civil unions, while
Bea and Susan repeatedly emphasize the legal (as opposed to moral) equivalence of gay
partnerships and heterosexual marriage. These four participants quickly formed two-person
alliances with very different perspectives on the matter. Nevertheless, they did not talk past each
other; rather they considered or attempted to rebut the opposition. For instance, Jim challenged
Bea to define the essential component of marriage as something other than shared expenses.
Susan, on the other hand, picked up Diana’s objection to raising children in “that type of union,”
and counter-argued with a moral stand of her own (love, not sexuality, is the key to raising
children).
There was, then, as hypothesized, considerable variability in the frames invoked, along
with some apparent differences across group types. The qualitative analysis tended to find, as
expected, considerably greater opposition (justified on moral grounds) in the conservative
groups, and higher levels of support (justified on grounds of equality) in the liberal groups. To


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