Beyond Race, Sex, and Sexual Orientation

Beyond Race, Sex, and Sexual Orientation : Legal Equality without Identity

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The conventional interpretation of equality under the law singles out certain groups or classes for constitutional protection: women, racial minorities, and gays and lesbians. The United States Supreme Court calls these groups 'suspect classes'. Laws that discriminate against them are generally unconstitutional. While this is a familiar account of equal protection jurisprudence, this book argues that this approach suffers from hitherto unnoticed normative and political problems. The book elucidates a competing, extant interpretation of equal protection jurisprudence that avoids these problems. The interpretation is not concerned with suspect classes but rather with the kinds of reasons that are already inadmissible as a matter of constitutional law. This alternative approach treats the equal protection clause like any other limit on governmental power, thus allowing the Court to invalidate equality-infringing laws and policies by focusing on their justification rather than the identity group they discriminate against.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1139087649
  • 9781139087643

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'This work will appeal to both scholars of public law and political theory. Highly recommended.' M. W. Bowers, Choiceshow more

Table of contents

Part I. Identity versus Powers: 1. Suspect class and the dilemma of identity; 2. A powers review; Part II. Race: 3. How constitutional law rationalizes racism; 4. Why racial profiling is based on animus; Part III. Sex and Sexuality: 5. The puzzle of intermediate scrutiny; 6. Same-sex marriage and the disestablishment of marriage.show more