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Between criminalization of homosexual activity and constitutionalization of same-sex marriage — some remarks on the role of the Supreme Court in the United States

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Supreme Court of the United States   same-sex marriage   law   morality   Bowers v. Hardwick   Lawrence v. Texas   Obergefell v. Hodges


The Supreme Court of the United States plays a fundamental role in the American political system; its decisions exert a crucial influence on the legal, political, social and economic reality in the United States. One of the most important and contentious points in the legal and axiological discourse in the United States for the past three decades has been the question of the constitutional right/claim of homosexuals to equal treatment and equal protection of laws. The article analyzes in this context three landmark cases, i.e. Bowers v. Hardwick the legitimization of the penalization of consensual sexual activity with respect to homosexuals, Lawrence v. Texas the abolition of the previous decision and Obergefell v. Hodges the constitutionalization of the right to same-sex marraiges. The article formulates — on the basis of this analysis — certain general hypotheses regarding the relations between the social and political reality and interpretations of constitutions issues by constitutional courts.

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Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego


Jakubowski, Sebastian. Red.   Kostecka-Jurczyk, Daria. Red.

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ISSN 1733-5779   ISSN 0239-6661




PAd 102060 II


eng   pol


Studenckie Prace Prawnicze, Administratywistyczne i Ekonomiczne, ISSN 1733-5779. Nr 28 (2019), s. 377-396

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