"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