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On July 8, 2019

Lesson Plan: Landmark LGBT Supreme Court Cases

Jonathan Rauch Discusses One, Inc. v. Olesen

Jonathan Rauch talked about One, Inc. v. Olesen, a landmark case for both gay rights and free speech. One, Inc. v. Olesen involved the magazine ONE: The Homosexual Magazine and the subsequent campaign against the publication by the FBI and U.S. Postal Service, with the Los Angeles postmaster determining the October 1954 issue was obscene and illegal under the Comstock Law.


In this lesson students will view a series of video clips that examine six major Supreme Court cases that dealt with LGBT issues. Students will identify the key issues and arguments made in these cases. After learning the background on these cases, students will learn more about Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinions on 3 of these cases and the court’s reasoning. As an extension, students can research other laws that affect LGBT Americans, including at the state level.


Additional Resources


  • Comstock Laws
  • Defense Of Marriage Act
  • Don't Ask Don't Tell
  • Gay And Lesbian
  • Injunction
  • Majority Opinion
  • Plaintiff
  • Supreme Court


Civil Rights & Civil LibertiesJudicial BranchSupreme Court CasesU.S. History


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