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The Gay Rights Question in Contemporary American Law

Andrew Koppelman


The gay rights question asks whether the second-class legal status of gay people should be changed. This book shows the powerful legal and moral case for gay equality, but argues that courts cannot and should not impose it. This book offers an unusually nuanced analysis of the most pressing gay rights issues. Does antigay discrimination violate the Constitution? Is there any sound moral objection to homosexual conduct? Are such objections the moral and constitutional equivalent of racism? Must state laws recognizing same-sex unions be given effect in other states? Should courts take account of ... More

Keywords: gay rights, legal status, gay equality, antigay discrimination, Constitution, morality, same-sex unions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780226451008
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226451039.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Koppelman, author