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The First Amendment and LGBT Equality

A Contentious History

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$42.00 • £33.95 • €38.00

ISBN 9780674972193

Publication Date: 03/27/2017


368 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches


Carlos Ball is a major figure in lesbian and gay rights. His book The Morality of Gay Rights is still the best treatment of gay rights and political theory in print. This project brings together both of his skill sets, examining the history in light of its theoretical implications. This is important work, and Ball is uniquely qualified to do it. There is no book quite like this on the market. Given the growing hostility toward First Amendment claims by some elements of the LGBT movement, this project is also very timely.—Andrew M. Koppelman, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Using lucid prose and a keen perception of historical trends, Carlos Ball contends that First Amendment law, which once worked to protect LGBT citizens, now mainly shields dissenting religious traditionalists. Ball also argues powerfully that settlements struck in previous eras of conflict between equality law and religious freedom should guide constitutional actors in our own time.—Nelson Tebbe, Brooklyn Law School and Cornell Law School

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