Sexual Orientation and the Law

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Harvard Law Review
Harvard University Press, 1990 - Law - 170 pages

Attitudes toward homosexuality range from condemnation to pity to indifference to respect. This range of viewpoints also appears in the legal community, reflected in legislation, legal decisionmaking, and legal scholarship. Sexual Orientation and the Law examines the legal problems faced by gay men and lesbians: the interaction between gays and the criminal justice system; discrimination in public and private employment; first amendment issues posed by gay students and teachers in public schools and universities; legal problems faced in same-sex relationships; child custody and visitation rights, as well as the ability to become foster and adoptive parents; and other contexts, including immigration, insurance, incorporation of gay rights organizations, and local legislation to prevent sexual orientation discrimination.

The Introduction establishes a theoretical framework for approaching gay and lesbian legal issues, and an Afterword updates the comprehensive coverage of all legal developments through the summer of 1989. This review and analysis of the current state of the law is an important part of the discussion and debate that will make antigay discrimination recognized as a legitimate issue and gay concerns part of the mainstream of legal discourse.

 

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As this book is 15 years old, it obviously doesn't deal with Lawrence v. Texas and a lot of other recent major developments in the law. Nevertheless, it's still useful as a starting point. Even more out of date since I wrote the above (in 2005)! Marriage equality? Who'da thunk it? Read full review

Contents

GAY MEN AND LESBIANS AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE
9
System
31
EMPLOYMENT LAW ISSUES AFFECTING GAY MEN
44
SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
74
SAMESEX COUPLES AND THE LAW
93
FAMILY LAW ISSUES INVOLVING CHILDREN
119
OTHER DISCRIMINATION ISSUES
150
E Public Accommodations
161
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