In a relatively short period of time, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) movement has moved from the margins to the center. The movement's push for equality has attracted the attentionboth sympathetic and oppositional--of important groups and individuals outside of the movement. Christian Right advocates, on the one hand, and government lawyers and private nonmovement lawyers, on the other, now invest heavily in litigation implicating LGBT rights. This mainstreaming of the LGBT movement yields significant issues for sexual orientation and gender identity scholars. In this Essay, I will first show how the LGBT rights context provides rich new material with which to explore decades-old debates and pressing new questions in sociolegal scholarship. Then, I will explain how the addition of new voices and the increasing acceptance of LGBT equality norms present significant substantive issues relating to religious liberty and antidiscrimination law.
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NeJaime, Douglas, "New Entrants Bring New Questions" (2010). Faculty Scholarship Series. 5232.