'Civil Rights Strategy: LGBT Litigation in the United States'. The last 30 years have seen a remarkable revolution in U.S. civil rights law. The Supreme Court has gone from allowing states to criminalize gay and lesbian sex (in 1986) to protecting LGBT couples' right to marry (in 2015). This change is a result, not of systematic legislative reform, but of courts' choosing to change their application of existing doctrine. This talk will describe that history and offer some thoughts about what it teaches us, in the hopes of prompting a discussion about the process of constitutional change.
Clare Hall Meeting Room.