Support for the Biological Argument
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Published in: September-October 2013 issue.

Biology of HomosexualityThe Biology of Homosexuality
by Jacques Balthazart
Oxford University Press
188 pages, $49.99


THE U.S. SUPREME COURT finally ruled on two historic same-sex marriage cases on June 27, effectively overturning California’s Proposition 8 along with the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Given how polarized the Court is on social issues, the legal reasoning was, surprisingly, not all that cautious: Prop 8 was vacated on the grounds that the gay marriage opponents lacked standing, while DOMA was overturned as a federal infringement of states’ rights.

Although the decision pointed out that “DOMA singles out a class of persons deemed by a State entitled to recognition and protection to enhance their own liberty,” it did not support a national constitutional right to same-sex marriage. 

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