Synopses & Reviews
Since 1958, twenty-five men and two women have forced the Supreme Court to consider whether the Constitution's promises of equal protection apply to gay Americans. Here Joyce Murdoch and Deb Price reveal how the nation's highest court has reacted to these cases--from the surprising 1958 victory of a tiny homosexual magazine to the 2000 defeat of a gay Eagle Scout. A triumph of investigative reporting, Courting Justice gives us an inspiring new perspective on the struggle for civil rights in America.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 561-563) and index.
A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the U.S. Supreme Court... [T]hose interested in the changing role of gay people in American society will find it indispensable.--Washington Post
About the Author
is managing editor for politics of The National Journal
. She served as an editor and reporter at the Washington Post
for more than a decade.
Deb Price is the first nationally syndicated columnist on gay and lesbian issues. She has served as an editor at the Washington Post and the Washington bureau of the Detroit News. Together Price and Murdoch co-authored And Say Hi to Joyce: America's First Gay Column Comes Out. They live in Takoma Park, Maryland.
Table of Contents
Introduction:"Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain" --ONE standard of justice -- "Aburning sense of injustice" --Beefcake on the menu --"More than a homosexual" --"Afflicted with homosexuality" --Nowhere to hide --Nothing to hide -- Amarble storm cellar --Ominous, "unsettled" times -- Thechess master makes his move --Adrift in a sea of gay clerks --Branded second-class citizens --Confirming hostility --Crawling toward empathy --Turning a major corner -- "TheConstitution 'neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens'" --Counting to five lined out four --Conclusion:Seeking the shortest path to equal justice.