This Comment will survey the popular and largely unsupportable beliefs about homosexuality, which result in the societal oppression of gay people. The law's reflection of this cultural homophobia has been instrumental in that oppression. In light of the homophobia in society and its consequences in the law, the GLSA court's approach was necessary, its results consistent with contemporary knowledge and with fundamental principles of a just society. The purpose of this Comment is to demonstrate why that is so and to speculate on the decision's implications for the gay rights movement, for gay people, and not least of all, for the society.
Homophobia, "Manifest Homosexuals" and Political Activity: A New Approach to Gay Rights and the "Issue" of Homosexuality, 11 Golden Gate U. L. Rev.