Supreme Court Decisions from Griswold to Roe
University of North Carolina Press 2010
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Focusing on six major Supreme Court cases during the 1960s and 1970s, Marc Stein‘s book Sexual Injustice (University of North Carolina Press, 2010) examines the generally liberal rulings on birth control, abortion, interracial marriage, and obscenity in Griswold, Eisenstadt, Roe, Loving, and Fanny Hill alongside a profoundly conservative ruling on homosexuality in Boutilier. In the same era in which the Court recognized special marital, reproductive, and heterosexual rights and privileges, it also upheld an immigration statute that classified homosexuals as “psychopathic personalities.” Stein shows how a diverse set of influential journalists, judges, and scholars translated the Court’s language about marital and reproductive rights into bold statements about sexual freedom and equality.