Following the widely reviewed success of the first edition, the updated and expanded second edition of Same-Sex Marriage and the Constitution argues that there is a long-standing constitutional protection of the right to marry that applies to same-sex couples. Balancing strong advocacy of this position with respectful engagement with those who oppose same-sex marriage, Evan Gerstmann concludes not only that the Constitution protects same-sex marriage but that it is the proper role of the courts to enforce this right. The book also takes on many of the same-sex marriage myths: that it will lead down that 'slippery slope' to such things as polygamy, that same-sex marriage has been a political albatross for liberals and progressives, and that courts are 'usurping' the democratic process. Without overheated rhetoric or legal jargon, Gerstmann makes the case for same-sex marriage as a constitutional guarantee.
Evan Gerstmann is Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1996) and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School (cum laude, 1986). He is the author of two books on constitutional law: Same-Sex Marriage and the Constitution (2003) and The Constitutional Underclass: Gays, Lesbians, and the Failure of Class-Based Equal Protection (1999), and has coauthored a third book, Academic Freedom at the Dawn of a New Century: How Terrorism, Governments, and Culture Wars Impact Free Speech (2006). His other publications have appeared in PS: Political Science and Politics and The Journal of International Law and International Relations, and his works have been reviewed in numerous journals, including The New Republic, The Washington Post, The Nation, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.