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Chapman Dialogues: Same Sex Marriage - Response to Professor Eskrdige
Chapman Law Review (2008)
  • Lawrence Rosenthal
Abstract

This essay, a revision of remarks originally delivered as part of the Chapman Dialogues series at Chapman University School of Law, is a response to the remarks of Professor William Eskridge of Yale Law School making the case for the recognition of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. The essay argues that the judicial establishment of a right in the face of deeply entrenched social norms, prior to the time at which the political groundwork necessary for the enforcement of the right has been laid, risks a powerful and ultimately counterproductive backlash.

Keywords
  • Same-sex marriage,
  • gay and lesbian rights
Publication Date
2008
Citation Information
Lawrence Rosenthal, Chapman Dialogues: Same Sex Marriage - Response to Professor Eskrdige, 12 Chap. L. Rev. 12 (2008). Available at: http://works.bepress.com/lawrence_rosenthal/21