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Antigay Initiatives and Propositions (U.S. Law)
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Although gay men and lesbians have made numerous social and political gains in the United States since the struggles of early homophile organizations and the Stonewall riots of 1969, progress has not come without resistance from mainstream and conservative elements of the American public. More recently this resistance to the gay rights movement has become a well-organized and powerful effort by the right wing to scapegoat gays and lesbians for perceived “social ills,” to ensure the continued criminalization of homosexuality, and to legalize discrimination against gays and lesbians.