LAW Sexual Orientation and the Law
Civil Rights/Liberties: General
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Sexual Orientation and the Law
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[ Academia ] [ Litigation ] [ Regulatory & Policy ] Civil Rights/Liberties: General
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[ Academia ] [ Litigation ] [ Regulatory & Policy ] as a Key Elective : Discrimination or unequal treatment is frequently the gravamen of civil rights litigation. Students interested in a civil rights practice should take one or more courses that address the legal framework of the anti-discrimination or equal opportunity laws. This course focuses on how the law addresses many of the most contested contemporary issues concerning sexual orientation.
General course Description:
This seminar focuses on how the law addresses many of the most contested contemporary issues concerning sexual orientation. It approaches the material as an exercise in advanced constitutional law, exploring how courts have used or might use federal or state constitutional provisions to address issues regarding the criminalization of sodomy, anti-gay rights initiatives, the Boy Scouts, military recruiting on campus, gays in the military, and the marriage and parenting rights of same-sex couples. Special attention is paid to the unfolding debate on same-sex marriage as a case study on the contested role of courts as engines of social change. The class maintains an interdisciplinary focus throughout as it looks at how social, cultural, and political forces shape, and are shaped by, legal doctrine.
Course Style: A Substantive/ Perspective course looks at law from an external or non-traditional standpoint.