Gays and the military : Joseph Steffan versus the United States
- Marc Wolinsky and Kenneth Sherrill, editors.
- data file.
- Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1993.
- Physical description
- 1 online resource (xxii, 222 pages)
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-209) and index.
- Introduction: Motion for Summary Judgment of Joseph Steffan
- Affidavit I of John Boswell: On the History of Social Attitudes toward Homosexuality from Ancient Greece to the Present
- Affidavit II of John Boswell: On the Use of the Term "Homo" as a Derogatory Epithet
- Affidavit I of Richard Green: On Homosexual Orientation as an Immutable Characteristic
- Affidavit of Kenneth Sherrill: On Gay People as a Politically Powerless Group
- Affidavit of Gregory Herek: On Prejudice toward Gay People and Gays as Security Risks
- Affidavit of Robert Rankin: On the Ability of Gay People to Perform Well in the Military
- Affidavit of Kate Dyer: On Other Nations' Policies toward Gays in the Military
- Memorandum in Response to Motion of Joseph Steffan
- Reply Memorandum in Support of Joseph Steffan's Motion
- Affidavit II of Richard Green: On Recent Developments in the Field of Brain Research
In April 1987 Joseph C. Steffan, one of the ten highest ranking midshipmen in his class at the U.S. Naval Academy, and only six weeks from graduation, was denied his diploma and forced to resign his commission because he answered "Yes, sir" to the question, "I'd like your word, are you a homosexual?" Six years later his cause, and that of other gay men and lesbians seeking to serve their country by enlistment in the military, has become the subject of intense national controversy. This unusual and innovative work, based on the litigation strategy and court papers filed in the case of Joseph C. Steffan v. Richard Cheney, Secretary of Defense, et al., brings the resources of clinical psychiatry, clinical and social psychology, cultural history and political science to bear upon the fundamental questions at issue: How is sexual orientation determined? How and why have socially prejudiced stereotypes about male and female homosexuals developed? Why have gays faced special obstacles in defending themselves against discrimination? How much political power do gays have?Marc Wolinsky and Kenneth Sherrill argue that gays constitute a politically powerless class that has been unjustly deprived of its constitutional right to equal protection under the law. They have collected here the affidavits filed on behalf of Joseph Steffan in his suit against the United States government, together with the counter-arguments of the Department of Defense and the extraordinary opinion of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Whatever the outcome of the case, presently on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, this book will stand as a lasting andindispensable guide to the sources of sexual discrimination.
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- Steffan, Joseph, 1964- > Trials, litigation, etc.
- Cheney, Richard B. > Trials, litigation, etc.
- Cheney, Richard B.
- Steffan, Joseph, 1964-
- Gay military personnel > Legal status, laws, etc. > United States.
- Equality before the law > United States.
- TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING > Military Science.
- HISTORY > Military > Other.
- Equality before the law.
- United States.
- Military forces
- United States
- Publication date
- Selected records and judgment in the case of Joseph C. Steffan v. Richard B. Cheney, Secretary of Defense, heard by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
- 1400813891 (electronic bk.)
- 9781400813896 (electronic bk.)
- 9781400821044 (electronic bk.)
- 1400821045 (electronic bk.)
- 9780691033075 (cloth ; acid-free paper)
- 0691033072 (cloth ; acid-free paper)
- 9780691019444 (pbk. ; acid-free paper)
- 0691019444 (pbk. ; acid-free paper)