Gordon A. Babst is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Chapman University in Orange, California, and is responsible for the curriculum in political philosophy and theory. He is the author of Liberal Constitutionalism, Marriage, and Sexual Orientation: A Contemporary Case for Dis-Establishment (2002), and teaches a course on politics in a sexually diverse society. His research interests include issues of religion and politics, and the notion of a liberal-democratic society.
Entries by Gordon Babst
social sciences >> Buddhism
Buddhism is unusual among world religions in that it generally expresses neutrality on the issue of homosexuality.
social sciences >> Hate Crimes
Hate Crimes are crimes towards persons or groups motivated by the victim's race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
social sciences >> Hooker, Evelyn
American psychologist Evelyn Hooker's pioneering studies on male homosexuality in the 1950s and 1960s challenged the "sickness" model of homosexuality then prevalent.
social sciences >> Libertarians
Libertarians are not necessarily advocates of gay and lesbian rights, but they certainly want the state out of a person's bedroom and they question any governmental regulation of marriage.
social sciences >> Natural Law
Natural law--the reading into nature laws that are not merely descriptive, but prescriptive--actually depends on circular reasoning; it discovers in nature what its adherents already believe is the intention of the Christian God.
social sciences >> Röhm, Ernst
Ernst Röhm, both an avid supporter of Hitler and the national socialist movement in Germany and a homosexual, was assassinated in 1934, when the German leader "cleansed" the party of homosexuals.