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2015, March: Organization of American Historians, Amicus Brief Filed in Same-Sex Marriage Case

The OAH submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in the same-sex marriage case, James Obergefell, et al. vs. Richard Hodges, Director, Ohio Department of Public Health. Here is a table of contents: 

Written by OAH member George Chauncey, professor of history and American studies at Yale University, the brief focuses on the history of discrimination against gays.

TABLE OF CONTENTS  Page (i)

TABLE OF AUTHORITIES  Page ii

STATEMENT OF INTEREST  Page 1

INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT  Page 2

ARGUMENT  Page5 I.

GAY AND LESBIAN PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SUBJECT TO
WIDESPREAD AND SIGNIFICANT DISCRIMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES  Page 5 A.

The Historical Roots of Discrimination Against Gay People  Page 5 B.

Modern American History: 1890-1940  Page 5 C.

World War II and Its Aftermath Page  Page 10 D.

The Gay Rights Movement and Its Opponents in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s  Page 15 E.

The Persistence of Anti-Gay Discrimination from the 1990s to the Present  Page 19 F.

How This History of Discrimination Has Shaped
the Debate Over the Right of Gay Couples to Marry Page 28 II.

HISTORY PLAYS A CRITICAL ROLE IN THE COURT’S EQUAL-PROTECTION ANALYSIS  Page 34

CONCLUSION  Page 37

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Source:

Accessed April 29, 2015 from http://www.oah.org/site/assets/files/5849/obergefell--_oah_amicus.pdf