Lesbian and Gay Rights and the Courts

Authored by: Susan Gluck Mezey

The Ashgate Research Companion to Lesbian and Gay Activism

Print publication date:  August  2015
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9781409457091
eBook ISBN: 9781315613147
Adobe ISBN: 9781317042914


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Social reform movements commonly rely on a number of strategies to achieve their goal of creating a more egalitarian society. Although some groups within the movement tend to focus their efforts on one strategy to the exclusion of others, most employ a variety of approaches, including lobbying government officials, political mobilization, public education, and litigation. This chapter focuses on the role that litigation played in the lesbian and gay (LG) community’s efforts to bring about marriage equality in Canada, South Africa, and the United States.

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