Chapter 6The Leader as Politician

In the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, bitter controversy surfaced around a float featuring two men joining in a lavish same-sex wedding ceremony. It was a first for the parade, welcome to some and anathema to others. It was only one of many skirmishes in a conflict that had been swirling around the United States for years. The battle lines divided political parties, neighborhoods, towns, church congregations, families, and legislatures, among many other groups. The U.S. Supreme Court had struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and an increasing number of states had legalized same-sex marriage, but the conflict continued and resolution seemed remote.

Same-sex marriage, of ...

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