Gay Rights On Trial

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In this comprehensive overview of how the American legal system has approached issues pertaining to sexual orientation and how the law has advanced—or hindered—civil rights, author Lee Walzer reveals that while the United States has the world's most developed lesbian and gay community, it lags other countries on equality for sexual minorities.

Gay Rights on Trial focuses on four significant cases that have shaped the development of gay rights, including detailed discussion of majority and dissenting decisions and analysis of their legacy and impact. Also included are a chronology; a section of key people, laws, and concepts; a table of cases; key legal documents such as the Defense of Marriage Act and the Vermont Civil Union Act; and an annotated bibliography.

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"[I]t is well researched and clearly written in a style that students can appreciate. The value of the book lies in the extensive historical background and the analysis and impact of court cases . . . It is recommended for all college and university libraries."


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576072547
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/11/2002
  • Series: On Trial Series
  • Pages: 342
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword
1 Introduction 3
2 Historical Background 21
3 Cases 67
4 Legacy and Impact 145
Documents 171
Bowers v. Hardwick 171
Picado et al. v. Jegley 182
Romer v. Evans 189
Boy Scouts of America v. Dale 207
Baker v. Vermont 234
Defense of Marriage Act 254
Vermont Civil Union Law 255
Key People, Laws, and Concepts 275
Chronology 293
Table of Cases 299
Annotated Bibliography 301
Index 311
About the Author 323
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