Courts Liberalism And Rights: Gay Law And Politics In The United States and Canada (Queer Politics Queer Theories)

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In the courts the best hope for an expansion of rights comes from judges who view liberalism as grounded in an expansion of rights rather than the constraint of government activity. "Courts, Liberalism, and Rights" begins with the premise that the courts offer the best chance for achieving a broad set of rights for gays and lesbians, particularly those courts whose judges draw on the expansive interpretation of liberalism.To make his case, Pierceson guides readers through a nuanced discussion of liberalism, court rulings on sodomy laws and same-sex marriage, and a look at the comparative example of Canada. Pierceson ends the book with a call for a return to understanding gay and lesbian issues as rights claims and an argument for a broader definition of liberalism, one that addresses not only individual freedom but the importance of equality and inclusion as well. His argument will find an audience among those who study liberalism and the judiciary as well as those in lesbian and gay studies.

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Understanding approaches to liberalism through the study of the politics of gay and lesbian rights

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"This is an excellent analysis of many of the legal issues dealing with sodomy and same-sex marriages and helps to explain why they have developed in the way that they have. The material is theoretically rich and grounded in diverse literature." —Richard Pacelle, Georgia Southern University

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