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Beyond the Book

384 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, notes, index

Sexual Injustice

Supreme Court Decisions from Griswold to Roe


Focusing on six major Supreme Court cases during the 1960s and 1970s, Marc Stein examines the generally liberal rulings on birth control, abortion, interracial marriage, and obscenity in Griswold, Eisenstadt, Roe, Loving, and Fanny Hill alongside a profoundly conservative ruling on homosexuality in Boutilier. In the same era in which the Court recognized special marital, reproductive, and heterosexual rights and privileges, it also upheld an immigration statute that classified homosexuals as "psychopathic personalities." Stein shows how a diverse set of influential journalists, judges, and scholars translated the Court's language about marital and reproductive rights into bold statements about sexual freedom and equality.

About the Author

Marc Stein is professor of history and of gender, sexuality, and women's studies at York University in Toronto. He is author of Rethinking the Gay and Lesbian Movement and City of Sisterly and Brotherly Loves: Lesbian and Gay Philadelphia. He is editor-in-chief of the award-winning Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in America.


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