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The procedural queer: Substantive due process, Lawrence v. Texas, and queer rhetorical futures

Campbell, PO (2012) The procedural queer: Substantive due process, Lawrence v. Texas, and queer rhetorical futures. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 98 (2). 203 - 229. ISSN 0033-5630

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This essay discusses Justice Anthony M. Kennedy's choice to foreground arguments from due process rather than equal protection in the majority opinion in Lawrence v. Texas. Kennedy's choice can realize constitutional legal doctrine that is more consistent with radical queer politics than arguments from equal protection. Unlike some recent critiques of Kennedy's opinion, a queer rhetorical analysis of Lawrence reveals a futuristic, always-open-to-change vision in Kennedy's rhetorical framing of constitutional law that is significantly less damaging to possibilities for "queer world making" in the United States than other contemporary US judicial arguments of and about sexuality. © 2012 National Communication Association.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Campbell, POodell@pitt.eduODELL0000-0002-3125-165X
Date: 1 May 2012
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Quarterly Journal of Speech
Volume: 98
Number: 2
Page Range: 203 - 229
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1080/00335630.2012.663923
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > English
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0033-5630
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2014 20:42
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2017 14:55


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