LAW 690-01 Sexual Orient., Gender Ident. & Law

This course is an examination of the legal and policy issues surrounding state and private attempts to regulate and/or discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. Topics covered in the course include (1) the due process right to privacy, (2) equal protection analysis (addressing current challenges to the military's exclusionary policy s well as some states' per se ban on adoptions by gay men and lesbians), (3) the right of free expression and association (e.g., the challenge to the Boy Scouts' ban on gay members as well as on-going challenges to university non-discrimination policies by the religious right), (4) employment discrimination, with particular emphasis on possibilities to pursue non-discrimination law by transgender people (5) sexual orientation and gender expression as gender discrimination, and (7) family law issues affecting gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people such as the rights to marry, to child custody and visitation, to adopt and to provide foster care.