The United States is undergoing a trnasformation in perceptions of, and policies toward, sexual orientation. As of March 2013, 49 percent of adults support same-sex marriage, compared with 33 percent in 2003, representing one of the largest swings in public opinion in the past decade (PEW Research, 2013). These changes are apparent at all levels of society from the individual and family to local and national governments: however, fully conseptualizing the status and scope of such changes is challenging. One primary purpose of this paper is to introduce the Institutional (D) Evolution Farmework (IEF), which classifies social and governmental institutions as they move through states of being based on individual-level knowledge acquisition and reflection broadened from Sementelli's map of the individual (2012). This framework acknowledges multiple levels of, and interactions betweem, government and social institutions and is generalizable to an array of issues. Our second purpose is to apply the IEF to assess the evolution in the institutions respective to issues of sexual orientation within the United States.
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Categories: Current Issues, PA Theory, Public Policy, Social Equity