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Same-Sex Marriage and the Constitution

3rd Edition

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  • Date Published: June 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107174290

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  • In 2015 the Supreme Court made history by ruling that the constitution protects the right of same-sex couples to get married. The third edition of perhaps the most influential book on the subject explains the Court's reasoning and what the consequences of the decision have been. The book also explains why the Supreme Court declined to rule that a ban on same-sex marriage was irrational or hateful or that the ban was an indirect form of gender discrimination. Instead, the Court ruled that there is a fundamental constitutional right to marry that covers same-sex couples. The book discusses the dissent's claims that the decision will lead to constitutional protection for polygamy. It also covers the controversy over whether there should be special laws that allow religious business owners not to serve same-sex couples who are married. This book is free of jargon and is accessible to anyone interested in same-sex equality, the Supreme Court or constitutional law generally.

    • Carefully explains what the Supreme Court actually wrote with regard to same-sex marriage and what the disagreements between the majority and dissenting Justices were about
    • Will appeal to readers who want to understand not just the decision but what happened afterwards
    • Written with clarity, and will appeal to legally sophisticated readers, as well as the general public
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    Advance praise: 'Evan Gerstmann’s constitutional claim for marriage equality, visionary when it was first published in 2002, proved prophetic - and now, in this new edition, proffers a roadmap for advocates of fundamental-rights jurisprudence in the twenty-first century. Learned, impassioned, and rigorously argued, Same-Sex Marriage and the Constitution stands as touchstone scholarship on gay marriage - or, as we call it today, ‘marriage.' Jonathan Rauch, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution, and author of Gay Marriage: Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America

    Advance praise: 'Evan Gerstmann presents a carefully crafted, highly nuanced, and up-to-date argument about same-sex marriage. At the same time, he carefully considers the implications of the issue for crucial and timely issues of constitutional interpretation.' Harry Hirsch, Oberlin College, Ohio

    Advance praise: 'Professor Evan Gerstmann saw same-sex marriage coming and he sees same-sex marriage staying. His work is the rare combination of sophisticated doctrinal, normative, and political analysis.' Mark Graber, University System of Maryland Regents Professor, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: June 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107174290
    • length: 232 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 158 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Reason and prejudice: is a heterosexual monopoly on marriage rational?
    3. Looking for stricter scrutiny: sexism, heterosexism, and class-based equal protection
    4. The fundamental right to marry
    5. Same-sex marriage and the fundamental right to marry
    6. Should courts create new rights?
    7. Identifying fundamental rights
    8. Democracy, neutrality, and consistency of principle
    9. Principles and practicalities: the road to same-sex marriage.

  • Author

    Evan Gerstmann, Loyola Marymount University, California
    Evan Gerstmann is a Professor of Political Science at Loyola Marymount University, California. He is a widely cited scholar on the issues of same-sex equality and other timely legal issues. He has frequently appeared as an expert in both academic and popular media venues, and his scholarship has covered issues ranging from same-sex marriage to the use of racially motivated force by police to sexual assault on the American university campus.

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