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ESKRIDGE, JR., GAYLAW 5 (1999) ("[G]aylegal struggles have been dominated by white middle-class male perspectives."); Courmey Megan Cahill, Disgust and the Problematic Politics of Similarity, 109 MICH.
(5.) Cases rejecting such claims are collected in Eskridge, Gaylaw at 429 n.2 (cited in note 4).
(57.) ESKRIDGE, GAYLAW, supra note 2, at 93-97; Eskridge, Some
defense...." ESKRIDGE, GAYLAW, supra note 2, at 88.
2035 (2000) (reviewing WILLIAM ESKRIDGE, JR., GAYLAW: CHALLENGING THE APARTHEID OF THE CLOSET (1999)), but it considerably antedates Roberts.
The world into which Gaylaw arrives is one whose poles are very far apart.
Part of Professor William Eskridge's mission in Gaylaw is to describe the historical development of the complex legal and, to some extent the cultural, landscape for gays.
THE first third of Gaylaw, by William Eskridge of Yale Law School, is a fascinating history of the development of the American body of law relating to homosexual behavior.
ESKRIDGE, JR., GAYLAW: CHALLENGING THE APARTHEID OF THE CLOSET 13-138 (1999) (tracing the history of the "apartheid of the closet").
One defining contribution of gaylaw derives from the gay experience of "coming out of the closet." This phenomenon and its history suggest several ideas and principles that illuminate the Georgetown case, especially the value of identity speech and its relevance for both sides of the controversy, and that lend support to Judge Mack's opinion, especially its accommodation of each side's identity needs and the encouragement of nomic dialogue.
Although the ideas suggested by my reading of the coming-out experience are not unique to gaylaw, they are distinctive to it, and to the extent they are consonant with precepts drawn from other sources, such as feminism, their persuasive power is thereby increased.
William Eskridge,(1) a prominent voice in this fin-de-siecle literature, now draws together and expands on his previous work(2) in Gaylaw: Challenging the Apartheid of the Closet.