Collegiality and Individual Dignity

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Tobias Barrington Wolff

University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

Date Written: March 30, 2012


This Essay identifies and describes the tension between the norms of collegiality and basic principles of individual dignity that LGBT scholars and lawyers encounter when confronted with the dehumanizing arguments that are regularly advanced by opponents of equal treatment under law for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. It is a transcript of remarks delivered at a March 2012 symposium on the Defense of Marriage Act at Fordham Law School, with minimal edits for publication.

Keywords: collegiality, dignity, LGBT, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, marriage, gay marriage, marriage equality, natural law, civil rights, equal protection, children, parenting

Suggested Citation

Wolff, Tobias Barrington, Collegiality and Individual Dignity (March 30, 2012). Fordham Law Review, Vol. 81, p. 829, 2012, U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 12-43, Available at SSRN:

Tobias Barrington Wolff (Contact Author)

University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School ( email )

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Philadelphia, PA 19104
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