Peter Nicolas Professor of Law University of Washington Former Ann Arbor City Councilmember

Sexual Orientation

Peter Nicolas is the author or co-author of two books and numerous journal articles in the field of gay rights. These include a textbook, a book about same-sex marriage and relationship recognition in the United States, and articles on common law same-sex marriage, adultery and same-sex marriage, as well as articles examining the intersection between evidence law and sexual orientation. His 2003 article entitled "They Say He's Gay": The Admissibility of Evidence of Sexual Orientation, earned him the prestigious Dukeminier Award, awarded annually to the authors of the best sexual orientation and gender identity articles published each year.


The Geography of Love: Same-Sex Marriage & Relationship Recognition in America (The Story in Maps) (3d ed. 2013), 38pp, $9.99 (Paperback, ISBN-13 978-1481178860)

In this book, Peter Nicolas and his co-author (Mike Strong) combine their respective training in law and cartography to depict the history and current state of marriage and relationship rights for same-sex couples in the United States in both words and in maps. For more information about the book or to purchase a copy, visit the book's dedicated website:  

Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and the Constitution (2013), 630pp, $80.00, Carolina Academic Press (Hardcover, ISBN-13 978-1594609916)

In this textbook, Professor Nicolas incorporates his expertise in constitutional law, federal courts, and sexual orientation, gender identity, and the law to provide a comprehensive approach to studying constitutional litigation involving the rights of sexual minorities. The book first addresses threshold questions regarding the definitions of sexual orientation, sex, and gender, setting the stage for the question of “immutability” and the status-conduct and speech-conduct lines that arise in the substantive materials that follow. Next, it addresses procedural obstacles that play an increasingly prominent role in constitutional litigation involving the rights of sexual minorities, such as standing, mootness, abstention, and the precedential weight of summary affirmances by the U.S. Supreme Court. Finally, it examines the key constitutional doctrines that arise in litigation regarding the rights of sexual minorities—substantive due process, equal protection, and First Amendment—in a variety of contexts, such as marriage, parenting, and public employment. The book thus replicates the stages of analysis that arise when litigating any such case from start to finish.

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