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Beyond Race, Sex, and Sexual Orientation Legal Equality Without Identity

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ISBN-10: 1107515408

ISBN-13: 9781107515406

Edition: 2014

Authors: Sonu Bedi

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The conventional interpretation of equality under the law singles out certain groups or classes for constitutional protection: women, racial minorities, and gays and lesbians. The United States Supreme Court calls these groups "suspect classes." Laws that discriminate against them are generally unconstitutional. While this is a familiar account of equal protection jurisprudence, this book argues that this approach suffers from hitherto unnoticed normative and political problems. The book elucidates a competing, extant interpretation of equal protection jurisprudence that avoids these problems. The interpretation is not concerned with suspect classes but rather with the kinds of reasons that are already inadmissible as a matter of constitutional law. This alternative approach treats the equal protection clause like any other limit on governmental power, thus allowing the Court to invalidate equality-infringing laws and policies by focusing on their justification rather than the identity group they discriminate against.
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Book details

List price: $22.99
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/11/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 292
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Sonu Bedi is Assistant Professor of Government at Dartmouth College.