Sexual Orientation and the Law

This guide covers issues including marriage equality, employment and housing discrimination, child custody issues, and military policy.


Legal issues involving the lives and relationships of LGBTIQ peoples have become important issues in public policy, debate, and politics.  This research guide may be helpful in doing research in this topic area.

Suggested subject headings

Searching in the library catalog by subject-headings is a great way to aggregate similiar items together when you are unfamiliar with the titles, authors, and keywords.  Subject headings are assigned to each item in the library.  There may be more than one subject heading assigned to an item.  When you click on any of the subject-headings displayed in the catalog, you will see all the other items owned by Mabie that have also been assigned that subject.  This ensures that you are finding all the relevant items that may be skipped if you use simply a keyword search (because differnet terms may be used).  If you need any search assistance, please speak with a law librarian.

Locating the Law

The law librarians at the Southern California Association of Law Libraries have created a wonderful, and concise, guide to legal research that includes California, Federal, and International legal materials.  All of these documents are in PDF format.   You will need Adobe Reader to view them.

These are selected chapters from this e-book.  If you would like to view the entire book you can access it via the SCALL website.

CALI Lessons

Same Sex Relationships

This lesson addresses the legal ramifications of same-sex relationships, stresses comprehension of the arguments regarding the opposite sex requirement for marriage, and includes the various schemes states have used to address the controversies. Additionally, this lesson contains material relating to transgendered individuals who marry and international perspectives. It can be used as class preparation, supplement, or review.

LGBT Legal Blogs

Heafey Law Library Research Team