Suggested Reading on Marriage Equality

Suggested Reading on Marriage Equality

Compiled by Richard J. Rosendall
Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance
September 2012


Same-Sex Marriage: A Selective Bibliography of the Legal Literature, compiled by Paul Axel-Lute

Proposition 8 Rulings:

Perry v. Schwarzenegger, 591 F.3d 1147
Ruling by U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn Walker, August 4, 2010

Perry v. Brown, 671 F.3d 1052, 1082
February 7, 2012, a divided three judge panel of the Ninth Circuit upheld the decision of the district court, though it did so on much narrower grounds than the District Court did.

June 5, 2012, the Ninth Circuit denied a request for a rehearing en banc.

Documents by GLAA on D.C. Marriage Equality Effort:

Rosendall, Richard J., Agenda: 2010 (Section 2. Marriage and Family), Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance, July 8, 2010,

Summersgill, Bob and Rosendall, Rick, "A Timeline on Marriage Equality in D.C.," Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance, March 31, 2010,

Rosendall, Richard J., "Defending D.C. Marriage Equality," Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance, May 30, 2010,

Rosendall, Rick, "Open letter to the community: Preparing to oppose an anti-gay ballot initiative," Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance, December 19, 2004,

"Marriage Law in the District of Columbia," Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance, December 2003,

Suggested Articles:

Strasser, Mark, "Same-Sex Marriage and the Right to Privacy," Journal of Law & Family Studies, 13:117-150 (2011),

Wolfson, Evan, "For Richer, For Poorer: Same-Sex Couples and the Freedom to Marry as a Civil Right," DMI E-Journal (June 2003) (Drum Major Institute for Public Policy),

United States Senate, Republican Policy Committee, "The Threat to Marriage from the Courts," July 29, 2003,

Blankenhorn, David, and Jonathan Rauch, "A Reconciliation on Gay Marriage," The New York Times, February 22, 2009, Week in Review, p.11,
(proposing federal law recognizing civil unions but exempting religious groups from honoring them)

Articles by Richard J. Rosendall:

"Dolan's Last Ditch," Metro Weekly, June 23, 2011,

"How We Won," Metro Weekly, March 4, 2010,

"The Jackson Jive," Metro Weekly, February 17, 2010,

"'Raw Sex' and Rev. Evans," Bay Windows, February 1, 2010,

"Culmination," Bay Windows, December 24, 2009,

"Time To Act," Metro Weekly, September 17, 2009,

"Ripeness Is All," Metro Weekly, August 20, 2009,

"Lost Shepherds," Metro Weekly, May 14, 2009,

"Marriage or Mirage?," Metro Weekly, December 18, 2008,

"Patrick at Home," Bay Windows, August 9, 2007,

Selected Readings:

Eskridge, William N., Jr. and Spedale, Darren R., Gay Marriage: For Better or for Worse? Oxford University Press, 2006

Ferrero, Eric; Freker, Joshua; and Foster, Travis, Too High a Price: The Case Against Restricting Gay Parenting, American Civil Liberties Union, 2002

Polikoff, Nancy D., Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage: Valuing All Families Under the Law, Beacon Press, 2008

Rauch, Jonathan, Gay Marriage: Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America, Times Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2004

Wolfson, Evan, Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People's Right to Marry, Simon & Schuster, 2004