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Homosexuality's Horizon

49 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2006  

Marc Spindelman

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law


In this article, I challenge the conventional left-liberal wisdom about the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's decision in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health: that Justice Margaret Marshall's opinion for the court in the case - holding that the Massachusetts Constitution protects a constitutional right to marry that same-sex couples, just like cross-sex couples, are now free to enjoy - is and only is a stunning victory for lesbian and gay rights. Without doubting the decision may be just such a victory for some lesbians and gay men, I argue that the downstream consequences of Goodridge are far more varied and variegated than that simple story allows. In particular, from a sex equality perspective, I venture that Goodridge may well be expected to impose various costs on victims and survivors of sexual injury, both same-sexed and cross-sexed, including lesbians and gay men - costs that so-called "pro-gay" accounts of the decision have, so far, to their own detriment, been unable or unwilling to register.

Keywords: Lawrence, marriage, civil union

JEL Classification: J12, J16, J71, K10

Suggested Citation

Spindelman, Marc, Homosexuality's Horizon. Emory Law Journal, Vol. 54, Summer 2005; Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 52. Available at SSRN:

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