On the second anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage, Professor of Public Policy Craig Rimmerman discusses the future of LGBT rights in light of recent legal challenges to the decision on the basis of religious liberty.
In “The Non-Issue of Gay Marriage,” a June 26 article in U.S. News and World Report, Rimmerman says that the “issue moving forward is the debate over religious liberty, which anti-marriage advocates have been using somewhat effectively, at least in the short term, to undermine marriage equality.”
With favorable public opinion of same-sex marriage on the rise, Rimmerman says that the religious liberty argument “will be the arena for many fights ahead and lawyers who have done so much important work in the past furthering LGBT rights will now be forced to expend much of their time and energy in this policy arena.”
Rimmerman, who chairs the Colleges’ public policy program and teaches courses in LGBT studies, is the author of several books focusing on the intersection of LGBT issues and politics including The Lesbian and Gay Movements: Assimilation or Liberation? (2008), From Identity to Politics: The Lesbian and Gay Movements in the United States (2002) and Gay Rights, Military Wrongs: Political Perspectives on Lesbians and Gays in the Military (1996). He has been featured in national media outlets like the New York Times, Washington Post and CNN, among others, for his expertise on LGBT issues and their political implications. Additionally, he has served as the series editor for Westview’s Dilemmas in American Politics book series, and for the Queer Politics, Queer Theories series at Temple University. Rimmerman joined the HWS faculty in 1986.