Homophobia and the Law

Pages: 229
Item #: 4316050
ISBN: 978-1-59147-207-0
List Price: $19.95
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Copyright: 2005
Format: Hardcover
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Homosexuals have been and still are targets of discrimination in multiple spheres of life. Homophobia and the Law examines the major junctures at which the lives of gay and lesbian people intersect with the law. It looks at the stereotypes that comprise homophobia, how they operate under different areas of the law, and the ways in which they impede gays' and lesbians' basic rights and entitlements. The major areas covered include marriage, children, work, and death.

Interweaving discussions of relevant legal cases and authorities with studies in psychology and sociology, Ronner deftly details areas of family, employment, and constitutional law and shows readers the often adverse impact they have on the daily lives of homosexuals. Through the use of therapeutic jurisprudence, the study of the law as a therapeutic agent, the author analyzes the law's approach to problems affecting homosexuals and identifies the psychological message that legislators and courts ultimately communicate. The result is a valuable resource for providing useful information to lawyers and others working with homosexuals about how to counsel and empower same-sex couples.

Table of Contents


  1. Introduction: Making Sense Out Of It
  2. Love
  3. Children
  4. Work
  5. Death
  6. Conclusion: Making Hope Out Of It

Table of Authority

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Author

Author Bio

Amy D. Ronner, PhD, JD, is a professor of law who specializes in appellate litigation and is a board certified appellate lawyer in Florida.

In addition to her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law, she has a PhD and an MA in English language and literature from the University of Michigan. Her BA degree is from Beloit College. In addition, she was elected a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, selected as a Leading Florida Attorney in Civil Appellate Law by the American Research Corporation, and chosen for the Florida Association of Women Lawyers 50th Anniversary Golden Star Award.

Dr. Ronner is the author of books on both law and literature. She has also published many articles dealing with discrimination against gay men, lesbians, and transgendered individuals and has been a guest lecturer at various law and mental health conferences all over the world on these very issues.