After Marriage Equality

The Future of LGBT Rights

368 pages

1 figure, 27 halftones

June, 2016

ISBN: 9781479883080



Add to Cart Available: 5/13/2016

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Carlos A. Ball is 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, and The Morality of Gay Rights.

All books by Carlos A. Ball

In persuading the Supreme Court that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, the LGBT rights movement has achieved its most important objective of the last few decades. Throughout its history, the marriage equality movement has been criticized by those who believe marriage rights were a conservative cause overshadowing a host of more important issues. Now that nationwide marriage equality is a reality, everyone who cares about LGBT rights must grapple with how best to promote the interests of sexual and gender identity minorities in a society that permits same-sex couples to marry. This book brings together 12 original essays by leading scholars of law, politics, and society to address the most important question facing the LGBT movement today: What does marriage equality mean for the future of LGBT rights?
After Marriage Equality explores crucial and wide-ranging social, political, and legal issues confronting the LGBT movement, including the impact of marriage equality on political activism and mobilization, antidiscrimination laws, transgender rights, LGBT elders, parenting laws and policies, religious liberty, sexual autonomy, and gender and race differences. The book also looks at how LGBT movements in other nations have responded to the recognition of same-sex marriages, and what we might emulate or adjust in our own advocacy. Aiming to spark discussion and further debate regarding the challenges and possibilities of the LGBT movement’s future, After Marriage Equality will be of interest to anyone who cares about the future of sexual equality.


  • “Important and timely. . . . It asks precisely the right question at precisely the right time. And, thanks to Carlos A. Ball’s careful work and exceptional reputation, it solicits the views of some of the most important scholars working on these questions across a range of disciplines.”

    —Douglas NeJaime, University of California, Los Angeles

  • "What a timely and impressive collection this is! . . . Asks  important and timely questions about the future of the LGBT movement and addresses them with analytical rigor and insight. Assuming that same-sex marriage is legalized in the United States, just what would this development mean for the future of the LGBT movement in the United States and globally? And what important organizing and policy work will still need to be accomplished? What challenges should be prioritized and why? This book interrogates these questions and more from an array of diverse perspectives and it should be of interest to teachers, scholars, activists, and citizens. It is an invaluable contribution to the literature."

    —Craig Rimmerman, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

  • "Terrific!  Ball’s book is a gift to readers interested in LGBT rights and many critical social and civil rights questions of our time.  Its outstanding collection of expert authors advances a well-rounded and well-grounded interdisciplinary framework for thinking about the future."

    —Suzanne B. Goldberg, Herbert and Doris Wechsler Clinical Professor of Law, Columbia University

  • "Written for students, activists, and academics alike, this highly readable and engaging collection takes on the most important question now facing the LGBT movement—now that we have marriage equality, where should we go from here? All the contributors are long-time analysts of the LGBT movement and provide a unique vantage point from which to assess the future directions of the LGBT movement. They provide not only their analysis, but their advice for the future, which should make this mandatory reading for anyone who cares about the future of LGBT politics."

    —Mary Bernstein, University of Connecticut

  • “The contributors—law school and social science professors—are well versed in researching LGBT issues.”

    Choice Connect

  • "To those Americans who thought Obergefell v. Hodges marked the pinnacle of success for the LGBT-rights movement, as well as to those marriage equality activists and supporters who looked forward to resting on their laurels: Guess again. Carlos A. Ball and the dozen other distinguished contributors to After Marriage Equality: The Future of LGBT Rights are here to convince you that the fight for full queer rights and recognition has just begun."

    Law and Politics Book Review

  • " After Marriage Equality addresses the question of what is next now that marriage is attained. Its contributors, almost all of whom are academics who study social movements, sketch out future priorities for the LGBT movement. They are sensitive to the ways that marriage campaigns created not only new possibilities but also new constraints."

    The Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review

  • "The volume provides a compelling compilation of essays that invite us to look forward by looking backward...[A] very valuable contribution that will be important to scholars interested in the LGBT movement's future trajectories." 

    Sociological Forum