Five years ago today, the United States Supreme Court, in the Obergefell decision written by Justice (and long time McGeorge Professor) Anthony Kennedy, made same-sex marriage the law of the land, and as today’s guest put it, “There was no armageddon. There was just Cinderella.” That guest is Yale Law School’s Professor William Eskridge, who along with Christopher Riano wrote the upcoming book Marriage Equality: From Outlaws to In-Laws. Last week the Supreme Court expanded protections for LGBTQIA+ persons in the United States in Bostock by declaring that Title VII protections against sex discrimination in the Civil Rights Act extend to LGBTQIA+ persons.
The book, and our conversation today, track the history of the marriage equality movement, the key people in the movement, the people who don’t get enough credit for their role in the movement, and so much more. We also talk about what this recent decision in Bostock means in the context of the broader LGBTQIA+ equality movement, where the overall civil rights movement goes from here, and what other civil rights movements like Black Lives Matter and the Abortion Choice movements can take away from the successes of the marriage equality movement.
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