The Future of Gay Rights in America
By H.N. Hirsch
Routledge – 2005 – 328 pages
Sandra Day O'Connor has called the gay rights movement "the first important civil rights struggle of the twenty-first century." Recent court decisions to overturn sodomy laws and to recognize gay marriage have emboldened activists, but have also resulted in a tremendous backlash, not the least of which has been a call for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as only between members of the opposite sex. Through its historical and legal contextualization of these decisions The Future of Gay Rights in America is essential for understanding an epochal moment in the history of gay rights.
H.N. Hirsch is Mitau Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Macalester College and Adjunct Professor of Political Science and American Studies at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of The Enigma of Felix Frankfurter and A Theory of Liberty: The Constitution and Minorities.