Ignore the Man Behind the Curtain...Unless it's a Police Officer: Sterling v. Minersville: A Socio-legal Perspective

Stephen S. Owen, Radford University
Tod W. Burke, Radford University

The purpose of this paper is to examine the sociological and legal implications of the recent opinion of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals regarding sexual orientation and one's right to privacy. Attention will be devoted to issues of public safety, legal privacy rights and enhancing the image and legitimacy of law enforcement. This paper will also focus upon the impact of the decision upon both the gay and lesbian community and police organizations

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Updated 05/20/2006