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This Essay identifies and describes the tension between the norms of collegiality and basic principles of individual dignity that LGBT scholars and lawyers encounter when confronted with the dehumanizing arguments that are regularly advanced by opponents of equal treatment under law for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. It is a transcript of remarks delivered at a March 2012 symposium on the Defense of Marriage Act at Fordham Law School, with minimal edits for publication.


collegiality, dignity, LGBT, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, marriage, gay marriage, marriage equality, natural law, civil rights, equal protection, children, parenting

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Fordham Law Review

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81 Fordham L. Rev. 829 (2012)