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Identity and the Case for Gay Rights: Race, Gender, Religion as Analogiesby David A Richards
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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.
Book News Annotation:
Charting a course toward legal recognition of gay rights as an intrinsic subset of human rights, Richards (law, New York U.) explores Civil Rights, feminism, and religious toleration as potential analogies for the gay rights movement. While discrimination against gays is analogous to race and gender prejudice since all hinder attempts to develop individual identity, Richards argues that the struggle for religious freedom offers the most compelling analogy for a gay rights movement because gay identity involves an ethical decision of conscience.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. The Racial Analogy2. The Gender AnalogyThe Analogy between Race and GenderThe Analogy between Gender and Sexual Orientation3. The Religious AnalogyAnti-Lesbian/Gay InitiativesExclusion from the MilitarySame-Sex Marriage4. Identity and JusticeBibliographyIndex
Includes bibliographical references (p. 302-217) and index.
Table of Contents
1. The Racial Analogy
2. The Gender Analogy
The Analogy between Race and Gender
The Analogy between Gender and Sexual Orientation
3. The Religious Analogy
Exclusion from the Military
4. Identity and Justice
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