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After Marriage EqualityThe Future of LGBT Rights$
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Carlos A. Ball

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479883080

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479883080.001.0001

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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

The Slow Forward Dance of LGBT Rights in America

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After Marriage Equality

Donald P. Haider-Markel

Jami Taylor

NYU Press

This chapter explores some of the challenges in implementing marriage equality, including resistance from some government officials; the enactment of religious-based exemptions allowing public officials and private individuals to refuse to facilitate marriages by same-sex couples; and the absence of legal antidiscrimination protections for sexual minorities and transgender individuals in most states. The chapter also discusses the possibility that the attainment of the marriage equality objective may leave progressives feeling less inclined to expend money and energy on LGBT issues. In addition, the chapter urges those in the movement to pay greater attention to the challenges and complexities raised by both HIV/AIDS and transgender issues. Finally, the chapter envisions the American LGBT rights movement becoming more engaged with questions of international human rights and the treatment of sexual minorities in developing nations.

Keywords:   marriage equality, religious exemptions, antidiscriminationlaws, political activism, HIV/AIDS, transgender rights, international LGBT rights

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