Utica College News

Utica College Professor Releases Third Book

Perry Covers Marriage Equality in Recent Publication

Written by: Andrew Mazzatti '18

Luke Perry, professor of government and politics and director of Utica College’s Center of Public Affairs and Election Research, recently authored his third book, Religious Responses to Marriage Equality, published by Routledge.

In 2015, The Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges ended a 20-year political battle over same-sex marriage in the U.S. The courts ruled in favor of a constitutional right for same sex couples to marry. The book examines how religious groups in America have responded theologically and politically to the legalization of same-sex marriage.

The case studies presented in the book explore how each American religious group understands same-sex marriage and how they have reacted theologically, socially and politically to its new standing as a constitutional right. Included are formal statements made by church leaders that incorporate original data gathered from interviews with regional and local religious authorities.

Before coming to UC, Perry earned a master’s and doctorate from the University of Massachusetts in political science with expertise in American and comparative politics. He founded and directs The Utica College Center of Public Affairs and Election Research, serves locally as an election analyst for WKTV News Channel 2, and writes a column for The Observer-Dispatch newspaper.

Perry’s current research focuses on U.S. elections, the presidency, and the complicated relationship between religion and politics. In addition to his new book, Perry has also authored, Mormons in American Politics; From Persecution to Power, published by Praeger and Mitt Romney, Mormonism, and the 2012 Election, published by Palgrave Macmillan.

For more information, contact Perry at leperry@utica.edu.
About Utica College – Utica College, founded in 1946, is a comprehensive private institution offering bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. The College, located in upstate central New York, approximately 90 miles west of Albany and 50 miles east of Syracuse, currently enrolls more than 5,000 students in 42 undergraduate majors, 36 minors, 20 graduate programs and a number of pre-professional and special programs. For more information, visit www.utica.edu. 

Responses to Marriage Equality, by Luke Perry

(315) 792-3006
1600 Burrstone Road | Utica, NY 13502