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Turkey has long been governed by constitutions prepared under the purview of military juntas. Promises of a new “civilian” constitution have given hope to different minority groups long suffering from either no recognition or misrecognition. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community has been among the most afflicted minority groups in Turkey due to the lack of legal protection of their rights and liberties. In light of theoretical debates on LGBT equality and constitutions, this article offers insight into how support for LGBT equality emerged as a dividing line between the right and left sides of the political spectrum. The political dynamics that pose obstacles to the inclusion of a LGBT equality clause in the new constitution are also analyzed. 
 
 
 
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Volkan Yılmaz
Volkan Yılmaz
From the Desk of the Editor This issue of TPQ takes up a myriad of issues that the Middle East is grappling with today: from protracted conflicts and the increasing complexity of proxy wars, to changing regional blocs and emerging powers. The Arab uprisings of 2011 remain an important fulcrum for the changing political landscape of the Middle East, and as many of our authors contend, the underlying problems and basic drivers...
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