March 24, 2015 by: Natalie Fleming
The Queer Studies Research Workshop invites you to attend a talk entitled Glorious Precedents: When Gay Marriage Was Radical presented by Michael Boucai, Associate Professor in the UB Law School. The talk will be held in 606 Clemens Hall at 12:00pm on Thursday, March 26th.
In the early 1970s, the heyday of gay liberation, legalized gay marriage was barely thinkable–let alone winnable. Yet in that brief period three same-sex couples sued for marriage licenses in Minnesota, Kentucky, and Washington State. Where, if not to the altar, were these lawsuits supposed to lead? Drawing on extensive archival research and on interviews with key players in each case, Glorious Precedents explores the extent to which Stonewall-era marriage litigation was faithful to gay liberation’s radical aspirations. Uncovering this history, important in its own right, allows us to grasp some of the underlying stakes and radical possibilities of the signal gay rights issue of our time.