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From the Closet to the Altar: Courts, Backlash, and the Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage
     

From the Closet to the Altar: Courts, Backlash, and the Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage

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by Michael J. Klarman
 

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Same-sex marriage has become one of the most volatile issues in American politics. But if most young people support gay marriage, and if there are clear indicators that a substantial majority of the population will soon favor it, why has the outcry against it been so strong?

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Same-sex marriage has become one of the most volatile issues in American politics. But if most young people support gay marriage, and if there are clear indicators that a substantial majority of the population will soon favor it, why has the outcry against it been so strong?

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"A fascinating read, full of detail, and an important contribution to our understanding of the legal and political influences on America's fastest moving social change movement."—Richard Socarides, former Clinton White House Special Assistant, attorney and long-time gay rights advocate

"Michael Klarman, a distinguished legal historian and constitutional scholar, has written a fascinating and authoritative history of the efforts through litigation to legalize homosexual marriage-efforts that seemed at first fated only to create a backlash against homosexual rights, yet that eventually merged with a surprising evolution of American public opinion in favor of legalization, and may be on the brink of success. His book is indispensable to understanding a legal movement that is being compared to the legal movement to desegregate the South."—Judge Richard A. Posner, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

"Litigation has played a key role in catalyzing-and helping to win-gay people's struggle to achieve marriage equality. But these court victories have not been without their political costs. Michael Klarman assesses these intertwining stories with insight and objectivity, making his book a must-read for anyone interested in how courts shape the trajectories of social movements."—Patrick Egan, New York University

"Klarman's historical account is comprehensive, trenchant, and provocative." —The New York Review of Books

Publishers Weekly
At a time when the role of the Supreme Court is again in the headlines, following its ruling upholding Obamacare, Harvard Law School’s Klarman does a remarkable job using the debate over gay marriage as a lens for examining the factors that will go into the Court’s inevitable engagement with the issue. Klarman (From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Supreme Court and the Struggle for Racial Equality) effectively conveys the history of the issue, from the 1950s to 2012, and provides just enough detail to allow lay readers to emerge with an informed understanding of the twisted path same-sex marriage has taken. Unfamiliar readers are likely to be surprised by how recently the cause landed on the national gay rights agenda, and will be intrigued by the debates within the gay community about the wisdom of pursuing such a goal. (Some viewed all marriage as part of a “patriarchal system,” while others viewed it as an abandonment of “transforming the very fabric of society” by becoming mainstream.) Klarman repeatedly refers to the role of popular culture in shaping public opinion toward gays in general, and discusses how such shifts influence court rulings. Advocates will be encouraged by his well-buttressed conclusion: “Once public opinion has shifted overwhelmingly in favor… the Court will constitutionalize the emerging consensus.” (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199360451
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/14/2014
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,161,345
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Michael J. Klarman is the Kirkland & Ellis Professor at Harvard Law School. He is the author of From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Supreme Court and the Struggle for Racial Equality (winner of the Bancroft Prize in History in 2005), Unfinished Business: Racial Equality in American History, and Brown v. Board of Education and the Civil Rights Movement.

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From the Closet to the Altar: Courts, Backlash, and the Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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