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ERIC Number: EJ963486
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0033-5630
The Procedural Queer: Substantive Due Process, "Lawrence v. Texas," and Queer Rhetorical Futures
Campbell, Peter Odell
Quarterly Journal of Speech, v98 n2 p203-229 2012
This essay discusses Justice Anthony M. Kennedy's choice to foreground arguments from due process rather than equal protection in the majority opinion in Lawrence v. Texas. Kennedy's choice can realize constitutional legal doctrine that is more consistent with radical queer politics than arguments from equal protection. Unlike some recent critiques of Kennedy's opinion, a queer rhetorical analysis of Lawrence reveals a futuristic, always-open-to-change vision in Kennedy's rhetorical framing of constitutional law that is significantly less damaging to possibilities for "queer world making" in the United States than other contemporary US judicial arguments of and about sexuality. (Contains 168 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas; United States