Review of Angioletta Sperti’s “Constitutional Courts, Gay Rights and Sexual Orientation Equality”

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Angioletta Sperti’s new book is published at an excellent time. Recent years have seen a wave of conspicuous legal victories for gays and lesbians as well as a marked increase in legislation addressing LGBT rights both expansively and restrictively. It is rare for so many jurisdictions to take up such closely related constitutional issues on such a compressed timeline. In less than two decades, nearly every European and North (and South) American jurisdiction has addressed the rights of gays and lesbians generally and the issue of marriage equality specifically. While progressive change is far from universal even in those geographic regions—and regressive responses dominate the remainder of the globe—it is an exceptionally good time to pause and closely evaluate these developments from the perspective of comparative constitutional law.