From the Closet to the Courtroom

From the Closet to the Courtroom

Five LGBT Rights Lawsuits That Have Changed Our Nation

By Carlos A. Ball

Beacon Press (MA), Paperback, 9780807001530, 286pp.

Publication Date: May 10, 2011

Engaging and largely untold, "From the Closet to the Courtroom" explores how five pivotal lawsuits have altered LGBT history. Beginning each case narrative at the center--with the litigants and their lawyers--law professor Carlos Ball follows the stories behind each crucial lawsuit. He traces the parties from their communities to the courtroom, while deftly weaving in rich sociohistorical context and analyzing the lasting legal and political impact of each judicial outcome.

About the Author
Carlos A. Ballis Distinguished Professor of Law and Judge Frederick Lacey Scholar at the Rutgers University School of Law. An expert in family and constitutional law, he has written several books on LGBT rights, including Same-Sex Marriage and Children, andThe Morality of Gay Rights.

Praise For From the Closet to the Courtroom

“Ball revels in a handful of important legal victories, while also delving deeply into the personal stories of each case, resulting in a richly textured account that is part history book, part colorful reportage.”— Beth Greenfield, Time Out New York
“While the gay and lesbian rights movement had its start in 1969 at the Stonewall in New York City, it has yet to have a book tell the story of its poster children and the legal struggles in which they fought. This volume amply fills this void. . . . Well written, exciting, and fun to read.”Choice Magazine
“Ball dramatically resurrects each case, bringing together opposing attorneys and litigants to show how ordinary human conflict can translate to extraordinary civil rights gain. This groundbreaking book is crucial if we are to understand the history of the rights we take for granted.”—Mary Bonauto, Civil Rights Project director for GLAD, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders
“Ball approaches his subject with vigor and sensitivity and makes a poignant plea for justice.”—Publishers Weekly