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Identity and the Case for Gay Rights : Race, Gender, Religion as Analogies - David A. J. Richards

Identity and the Case for Gay Rights

Race, Gender, Religion as Analogies

Paperback Published: 1st January 1999
ISBN: 9780226712093
Number Of Pages: 184

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How should we chart a course toward legal recognition of gay rights as basic human rights? In this enlightening study, legal scholar David Richards explores the connections between gay rights and three successful civil rights movements--black civil rights, feminism, and religious toleration--to determine how these might serve as analogies for the gay rights movement.
Richards argues that racial and gender struggles are informative but partial models. As in these movements, achieving gay rights requires eliminating unjust stereotypes and allowing one's identity to develop free from intolerant views. Richards stresses, however, that gay identity is an ethical choice based on gender equality. Thus the right to religious freedom offers the most compelling analogy for a gay rights movement because gay identity should be protected legally as an ethical decision of conscience.
A thoughtful and highly original voice in the struggle for gay rights, David Richards is the first to argue that discrimination is like religious intolerance-denial of full humanity to individuals because of their identity and moral commitments to gender equality.

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Racial Analogyp. 6
The Gender Analogyp. 39
The Analogy between Race and Genderp. 41
The Analogy between Gender and Sexual Orientationp. 65
The Religious Analogyp. 84
Anti-Lesbian/Gay Initiativesp. 110
Exclusion from the Militaryp. 129
Same-Sex Marriagep. 153
Identity and Justicep. 171
Bibliographyp. 203
Indexp. 219
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ISBN: 9780226712093
ISBN-10: 0226712095
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 1st January 1999
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.9  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 2