Same-Sex Marriage and the Constitution
by Evan Gerstmann
Call Number: KF539.G47 2004 SAU Library Second Floor
Publication Date: 2003-09-15
Includes bibliographical references (p. 211-218) and index.--Does the Constitution protect the right to same-sex marriage? Much of the writing on this subject has been highly one-sided. This book takes a careful second look at the issue. Not only does it carefully look at the legal debate, but it also asks whether, in a democratic society, the courts should settle this question rather that the voters and it takes on the issue of whether such a court-created law could be effective in the face of public opposition. The book argues that this issue is one of the most significant constitutional issues facing society because it challenges society's commitment to the promise of true legal equality.
Legalizing Gay Marriage
by Michael Mello
Call Number: HQ1034.U5 M45 2004 SAU Library Second Floor
Publication Date: 2004-08-01
Includes bibliographical references and index.--Every day seems to bring news of legal challenges to existing marriage laws and the constitutionality of any form of union for same-sex partners. In this timely and accessible book, Michael Mello argues that the public debates and political battles that have divided Vermont and Massachusetts will be repeated across the country as state after state confronts the issue of legalizing gay marriage.Michael Mello examines recent landmark decisions in state and federal high courts granting civil rights protections to homosexuals.
Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections,
Matrimonio, relaciones de pareja y protección familiar,
Same-Sex Relationships, Civil Unions, Domestic Partnership, Employment and Rights in the Workplace and Rights in the Workplace, Marriage Relationship Recognition
California voters approved Proposition 8, a state ballot initiative, at the November 4, 2008, statewide election. Proposition 8 added a new section to the state Constitution which provides that "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California." The day after the election, three lawsuits challenging Prop. 8 were filed directly in the California Supreme Court.