Luke A.Boso

Luke Boso is a Visiting Professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he teaches Constitutional Law and Criminal Law among other courses. He researches and writes about discrimination, LGBT issues, and masculinities--particularly in the context of marginalized subgroups and intersectional identities.

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Justice Kennedy’s Gay Rights Legacy

Justice Kennedy’s Gay Rights Legacy

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s announced retirement left progressives reeling over what the Court’s inevitable rightward shift will mean for civil rights given Kennedy’s swing-vote status on cases implicating social issues.  Indeed, his ...
Masterpiece Cakeshop and Discriminatory Intent

Masterpiece Cakeshop and Discriminatory Intent

On July 19, 2012, Charlie Craig and David Mullins visited Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Colorado, asking the owner, Jack Phillips, to design and create a cake for their upcoming wedding. Phillips refused because he is religiously ...
Animus and Unequal Dignity: The Purpose and Effect of North Carolina’s New Anti-LGBT Law

Animus and Unequal Dignity: The Purpose and Effect of North Carolina’s New Anti-LGBT Law

On March 24, 2016, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (“LGBT”) North Carolina residents woke up to a new and hostile legal reality. Just one day prior, Republican lawmakers convened a special session—the first in thirty-five ...
In Deference to Majoritarian Oppression: Justice Scalia’s Indifference to LGBTQ Lives

In Deference to Majoritarian Oppression: Justice Scalia’s Indifference to LGBTQ Lives

On June 26 2015, in Obergefell v. Hodges, a five-member majority of the United States Supreme Court struck down state bans on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional. For the LGBTQ rights movement, this victory capped over two decades ...