Demands and strategies of the LGTB-Q movement in Spain: the marriage law
Sociology University of Castilla- La Mancha Ciudad Real, Spain
Sociology Centre of Constitutional and Political Studies Madrid, Spain
Our paper examines the political strategies of the lesbian, gay, transsexual, bisexual and queer movement in Spain. The first aim is descriptive: the historical evolution of the political profile of this social movement will be presented, to show the evolution of the demand (from the partnership law to the marriage one) and the internal tensions about them. The second aim is explanatory: our work spins around the question of why the movement changes the demand and how. The article develops the idea of the strategic framming, or, in other words, we will argue that strategic resources are generated by social movements in order to present the demands in a certain way. The choice of the demand of the marriage law was made by the moderate section of the movement, which used the opportunities windows generated by a discourse centered in the issue of equality and human rights, and the political alliances that could favor the entrance of this issue in the political debate.
Paper presented for its consideration by the ESA Sexuality Research Network. ESA Congress, Lisbon, September 2009.
Gracia Trujillo (University of Castilla- La Mancha) and Kerman Calvo (Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales, Madrid)