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This could be the most controversial book yet in the Contemporary Issues Series. Its balanced approach could risk the wrath of advocates and critics alike, offering powerful essays on four key issues: the causes of homosexuality, disputes about the role the courts should play, gays and the military, and religious attitudes toward homosexuality.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This, the latest in Prometheus's Contemporary Issues series, provides a balanced approach to a provocative topic through journalistic articles and original documents. Addressing philosophy, psychology/science, law, the military, and religion, these previously published writings come from sources as diverse as the New York Times and Parameters: U.S. Army College Quarterly and, predictably, represent an equally wide range of thinking. While sections on the philosophy and psychology of homosexuality are all too brief, those on the legal and religious issues have great breadth. Any citizen should read the Supreme Court's Bowers v. Hardwick decision upholding Georgia's sodomy laws and Commonwealth v. Wasson, in which Kentucky's state supreme court found that its Constitution granted more protection than the federal Constitution. On the religious front, both Margaret Susan Thompson and Paul Duke offer moving testimonies to some Catholics' accommodation of homosexuality, while a closeted rabbi makes a pseudonymous plea for greater understanding from Orthodox Judaism. Even hard science can be co-opted by politics with pro/opponents of homosexuality putting their own spin on the emerging work of Simon Levay on the hypothalamus as the site of male-typical sexual behavior and Dean Hamer on a chromosomal basis for homosexuality. As embryonic as the studies may be, readers will benefit from the original scholarship as opposed to processed reportage. Aside from the absence of writing from the gay media itself, this is an excellent reference book for those that wish to explore opposing points of view; it is timely, considered, and generally representative. Nov.
Library Journal
Providing a "balanced" review of homosexuality, this anthology features essays from both camps on such issues as gay life, genetics vs. environmental causes, gay rights, gays in the military, and gays and religion. While this is indeed a "balanced" text-it is not just a liberal-vs.-conservative issue: gays themselves debate genetics vs. environment-it is unfortunate that this topic and volume are part of the publisher's "Contemporary Issues" series, which also covers animal experimentation, euthanasia, and gun control. Why are there not titles in this series on Lithuanians, Presbyterians, and Hispanics? Because these groups simply are; there is nothing to debate. It is sad when bigotry gets passed off as "balance." It will be a good day when people realize that gays and lesbians simply exist. Recommended with reservations.-Lee Arnold,
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An account of the early years of the city of Anniston, Alabama, and its roots as a model town for developing the iron resources of the region after the devastating effects of the Civil War. Chronicles the city's economic booms and busts, details the social and racial composition of the town's population, and discusses Anniston and the New South credo. Includes b&w photos. This paperback edition is identical to the first edition published in 1978. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573920032
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Series: Contemporary Issues Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 282
  • Lexile: 1330L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert M. Baird (Waco, TX) is a professor and the former chair of the philosophy department at Baylor University. He is editor with Stuart E. Rosenbaum of Prometheus’s Contemporary Issues series.M. Katherine Baird (New York, NY) is a practicing attorney at a New York law firm.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Pt. 1 Homosexuality: The Philosophical Debate
1 Notes on Stonewall 23
2 The Homosexual Movement 31
3 Response to the Ramsey Colloquium 41
4 Is Homosexual Conduct Wrong? A Philosophical Exchange 44
Pt. 2 Homosexuality: Explanations and Causes
5 The Importance of the Father-Son Relationship 51
6 Sexual Orientation and Its Development 62
7 Are Homosexuals Born That Way? 71
8 The "Born That Way" Trap 80
9 Are Some People Born Gay? 83
10 What Is Normal? 85
11 The Hamer Study 91
Pt. 3 Homosexuality and the Criminal Law
12 Bowers v. Hardwick 97
13 Changing Times: Gay Rights 103
14 Gay Rights: What the Court Should (and Shouldn't) Do 119
15 Gay Rights: What the Court Shouldn't Do 123
16 Commonwealth v. Wasson 126
17 Recent Case: Kentucky Supreme Court Finds that Criminalization of Homosexual Sodomy Violates State Constitutional Guarantees of Privacy and Equal Protection (Harvard Law Review case note) 145
Pt. 4 Homosexuality and the Military
18 Homosexuality in the United States Armed Forces 151
19 Policy on Homosexual Conduct in the Armed Forces 155
20 Summary Report of the Military Working Group on Recommended Department of Defense Homosexual Policy 158
21 Small Comfort for Gay Soldiers (New York Times editorial) 171
22 Admission of Gays to the Military: A Singularly Intolerant Act 173
23 The Gay Ban: Just Plain Un-American 183
24 Uncle Sam Doesn't Want You! 186
Pt. 5 Homosexuality and Religion
25 Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons 203
26 Toward an Understanding of the Letter "On the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons" 211
27 A View from the Pews 218
28 The Christian Community and the Homosexual 225
29 Homosexuality and the Church 231
30 The Loving Opposition 243
31 Gayness and God: Wrestlings of an Orthodox Rabbi 254
32 Homosexuality and Family-Centered Judaism 264
33 Family Values: A Reply to Reuven Kimelman 272
Selected Bibliography 279
Contributors 281
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