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The author sets forth many legal and moral arguments for opposing the organized right-wing anti-gay anti-marriage campaign in the United States. The campaign, if successful, would mean couples would not know whether they are married or not as they cross state borders. Strasser criticizes the election-year federal anti-marriage law that created a caste-system of marriage in America to discriminate against lesbian and gay soon-to-be-weds. He analyzes all the arguments against same-sex marriage individually, concluding that none achieves legal credibility, and reviews the bars on marriage based on definition, procreation, custody and protection of children, and the debates centred on equal protection. Strasser also examines the recently passed Defense of Marriage Act, concluding that it may actually be unconstitutional. In a preface new to the paperback edition, he discusses developments in the legal battle over same-sex marriages in Hawaii. He anticipates the likely state- and nation-wide impact of the Hawaii Supreme Court's decision.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801484292
ISBN-10: 0801484294
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 13-Aug-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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