Courting Justice: Gay Men and Lesbians v. the Supreme Court

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INTRODUCTION
"PAY NO ATTENTION
TO THAT MAN
BEHIND THE CURTAIN"

Justice is not to be taken by storm.
She is to be wooed by slow advances.

—Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,
quoting former justice Benjamin Nathan Cardozo

FOR NEARLY HALF A CENTURY, gay Americans have been courting justice. This is the story of that courtship.

Courting Justice is the first in-depth account of how the U.S. Supreme Court has dealt with gay and lesbian cases over the past five decades. From the 1958 triumph of a tiny homosexual magazine to the 2000 defeat of gay assistant scoutmaster James Dale, this chronicle offers a behind-the-scenes look at the influences shaping the court's decisions. This is also the saga of the often-inspiring gay men and lesbians who reached out to the nation's top court during terrifying junctures in their lives—when threatened with deportation, for example, or when

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Introduction "Pay No Attention to That Man behind the Curtain" 1
  • 1 - One Standard of Justice 27
  • 2 - A Burning Sense of Injustice 51
  • 3 - Beefcake on the Menu 65
  • 4 - More Than a Homosexual 89
  • 5 - Afflicted with Homosexuality 103
  • 6 - Nowhere to Hide 135
  • 7 - Nothing to Hide 163
  • 8 - A Marble Storm Cellar 189
  • 9 - Ominous, "Unsettled" Times 213
  • 10 - The Chess Master Makes His Move 237
  • 11 - Adrift in a Sea of Gay Clerks 271
  • 12 - Branded Second-Class Citizens 311
  • 13 - Confirming Hostility 355
  • 14 - Crawling toward Empathy 389
  • 15 - Turning a Major Corner 415
  • 16 - The Constitution 'Neither Knows nor Tolerates Classes among Citizens' 451
  • 17 - Counting to Four 483
  • Conclusion - Seeking the Shortest Path to Equal Justice 517
  • Appendix 531
  • Notes on Sources 536
  • Selected Bibliography 561
  • Index 565
  • About the Authors *
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