The EAAS LGBTQ+ Studies Network is proud to announce the return of the LGBTQ+ Studies webinar –“Resilience in Motion”— on December 10, 2021.
“From the Criminalization of Gay Life to Marriage Equality”
Dr. Marie-Amélie George, Wake Forest University
Friday, December 10, 2021 @6 pm (France)
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In 1960, consensual sodomy was a crime in every state in America. Fifty-five years later, the Supreme Court ruled that gay and lesbian couples had a fundamental right to marry. The causes of this rapid, extraordinary success mystify academics, advocates, and the public alike. How is it that a rights movement secured so much, so quickly? The nature of its limitations does as well. Why is it that the gay and lesbian rights movement, a movement initially aimed at promoting sexual liberation, became so focused on parents, children, and families? Becoming Equal: American Law and the Rise of the Gay Family provides the solution to these two puzzles. It argues that advocates were able to transform the law because they highlighted gays' and lesbians' conventional domesticity.
Marie-Amélie George is an Associate Professor of Law at Wake Forest University, where she teaches courses on civil procedure, family law, and public interest advocacy. Prior to joining the Wake faculty, Marie-Amélie was the Berger-Howe Fellow in Legal History at Harvard Law School and an Associate in Law at Columbia Law School. Marie-Amélie received her Ph.D. in history from Yale University, her J.D. from Columbia Law School, and a M.St. in Women's Studies from the University of Oxford.
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