What a year! the framing of marriage equality through media's selected sources in 2013

Rodriguez, N.S. & Blumell, L. (2014). What a year! the framing of marriage equality through media's selected sources in 2013. Journal of Communication Inquiry, 38(4), pp. 341-359. doi: 10.1177/0196859914551767

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Abstract

The issue of same-sex marriage continues to be a focal point in U.S. media. The topic garnered a substantial amount of attention in 2013, with the repeal of Defense of Marriage Act, the legalization of same-sex marriage in eight U.S states and five foreign countries, and the passage of the Russian Anti-Gay Law. The question at hand is how U.S. newspapers framed these stories throughout the year. The authors utilized a qualitative content analysis of source quotes included in articles about same-sex marriage in The New York Times. The findings from this analysis reveal the use of not only the traditional equality master frame but also uncovered themes of children, inevitability, political evolution, and fear. The results also unearthed a lack of human interest perspective. This study adds insight into how citizens of the United States are exposed to (and may ultimately define) the issue of same-sex marriage.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: same-sex marriage, marriage equality, framing, The New York Times, qualitative
Divisions: School of Arts > Department of Journalism
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/16698

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