Evaluating the Sex-Discrimination Argument for Lesbian and Gay Rights
Yeshiva University - Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Cardozo Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 22
This essay offers a detailed analysis and critique of the argument that discrimination against lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals is a form of sex discrimination. This argument has been advanced by feminists, legal theorists, advocates for gay rights, and, in a few instances, by courts (most notably, Hawaii's Supreme Court). The essay articulates the strongest version of the sex-discrimination argument and then critically examines it. The essay shows that socially, morally, and theoretically, the sex-discrimination argument mischaracterizes the wrong of discrimination against lesbians and gay men. Further, the essay enumerates some practical problems facing this argument. The essay concludes that, as the sex-discrimination argument has flaws, it should be made only with caution and only when coupled with alternative arguments for lesbian and gay rights.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 48
Date posted: September 29, 2000