Ethnonationalism and Attitudes Towards Same-Sex Marriage and Abortion in Northern Ireland

Bernadette C. Hayes, John Nagle

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The issue of sexuality and human rights has generated increasing international attention in recent years. This is particularly the case in societies emerging from chronic ethnonationalist conflict, where scholarly debates on the impact of ethnonationalism on sexual rights, such as abortion and the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people (LGBT), generate much controversy and division. It is with this disagreement in mind that this paper focuses on the influence of ethnonationalism on attitudes towards the legalisation of same-sex marriage and abortion. Using nationally representative data from Northern Ireland, the results suggest that while ethnonational identity is a significant positive determinant of attitudes towards same-sex marriage within both the Catholic population and among supporters of their main political party (Sinn Féin), it is also a key negative predictor of attitudes to abortion, albeit solely among Sinn Féin supporters.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)455-469
JournalInternational Political Science Review
Issue number4
Early online date05 Jul 2019
Publication statusPublished - 01 Sept 2019


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