Created Equal: Why Gay Rights Matter to America

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Why should Americans who are not gay care about gay rights? In Created Equal, Michael Nava and Robert Dawidoff argue that the movement for gay equality is central to the continuing defense of individual liberty in America. Beginning with an examination of the determined assault on gay issues by the religious right, the authors show how this sectarian movement to legislate private religious morality into law undermines the purpose of American constitutional government: the protection of the individual's right to ...

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Overview

Why should Americans who are not gay care about gay rights? In Created Equal, Michael Nava and Robert Dawidoff argue that the movement for gay equality is central to the continuing defense of individual liberty in America. Beginning with an examination of the determined assault on gay issues by the religious right, the authors show how this sectarian movement to legislate private religious morality into law undermines the purpose of American constitutional government: the protection of the individual's right to determine how best to live his or her life. The book starts from the premise that gay and lesbians are, first and foremost, American citizens, and then looks to what rights belong to every individual American citizen, arguing from the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Addressing their argument to the great majority of their fellow Americans, Dawidoff and Nava emphasize that what is at stake is not the fate of the gay community, but the future of constitutional principle and the rights of free individuals in American society.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312117641
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Pages: 167
  • Sales rank: 1,030,407
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: "Thank You, Rosa Parks"
Ch. 1 The Ick Factor: Homosexuality, Citizenship, and the Constitution 1
Ch. 2 Big Lies, Hard Truths 29
Ch. 3 How Prejudice Works 58
Ch. 4 "God Hates Fags" 75
Ch. 5 The Ghost in the Machine 113
Ch. 6 What Do They Want, Anyway? 135
Conclusion: Created Equal 159
Notes 168
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2000

    The most concise and strongly written treatise on human rights.

    Michael Nava is a brilliant mind. His book clearly illustrates the rationale for gay americans to have the same civil rights as all other americans. He takes on all the arguments against gay rights intelligently and clearly dubunks the theology and hatred behind these arguments. Every american should read this book... it should be required reading in every civics and social study class in the country.

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