Legalizing Gay Marriage

Legalizing Gay Marriage

by Michael Mello
     
 

Mello regards the widespread and virulent opposition to any form of same-sex unions as proof that in Vermont, as elsewhere, homosexuals are indeed a "despised minority" in need of the law's protection. Thus, civil union laws represent only a partial victory because they create a separate and inherently unequal category of relationships for gay people. Mello's analysis… See more details below

Overview

Mello regards the widespread and virulent opposition to any form of same-sex unions as proof that in Vermont, as elsewhere, homosexuals are indeed a "despised minority" in need of the law's protection. Thus, civil union laws represent only a partial victory because they create a separate and inherently unequal category of relationships for gay people. Mello's analysis of the issues provides a guide to the battles being waged in state legislatures and by politicians at the national level.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592130795
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2004
Series:
America in Transition Series
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1Vermont : a preview of America's war over same-sex civil marriage1
2The Baker decision ; a legitimate exercise in constitutional adjudication27
3Backlash against gays and lesbians : a despised minority in Vermont45
4Vermont's "third way" : enacting civil unions as an alternative to civil marriage74
5The choice : what's wrong with Vermont's civil marriage substitute142
6Conclusion : three years after193
AppVermont Supreme Court decision for Baker v. state197

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