Challenging the Apartheid of the Closet
By (author) William N. Eskridge
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Gaylaw by William N. Eskridge
Book DescriptionThis book provides a comprehensive analysis of the legal issues concerning gender and sexual nonconformity in the United States. Part One, which covers the years from the post-Civil War period to the 1980s, is a history of state efforts to discipline and punish the behavior of homosexuals and other people considered to be deviant. During this period such people could get by only at the cost of suppressing their most basic feelings and emotions. Part Two addresses contemporary issues. Although it is no longer illegal to be openly gay in America, homosexuals still suffer from state discrimination in the military and in other realms, and private discrimination and violence against gays is prevalent. William Eskridge presents a rigorously argued case for the "sexualization" of the First Amendment, showing why, for example, same-sex ceremonies and intimacy should be considered "expressive conduct" deserving the protection of the courts. The author draws on legal reasoning, sociological studies, and history to develop an effective response to the arguments made in defense of the military ban. The concluding part of the book locates the author's legal arguments within the larger currents of liberal theory and integrates them into a general stance toward freedom, gender equality, and religious pluralism.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674008045
(235mm x 155mm x 32mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 7-May-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author William N. Eskridge
Gay Marriage: for Better or for Worse?, Paperback (September 2007)
Drawing from 17 years of data and experience with same-sex marriage in Scandinavia (in the form of registered partnerships), Gay Marriage: For Better or for Worse? is the first book to present empirical evidence about the effects of same-sex marriage on society.
Equality Practice, Paperback (January 2002)
A renowned Yale law professor chronicles the Vermont law and the changes it brings.
Dynamic Statutory Interpretation, Hardback (February 1995)» View all books by William N. Eskridge
This text argues that American statutory interpretation changes in response to new political alignments, interpreters, and ideologies. It also considers how different normative theories of jurisprudence - liberal, legal process, and antiliberal - inform debates about statutory interpretation.
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Author Biography - William N. Eskridge
William N. Eskridge, Jr. is Professor of Law at Yale Law School.
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