What rights govern heterosexual and homosexual behaviors? Two distinguished philosophers debate this important issue in Sexual Orientation and Human Rights. Laurence M. Thomas argues that a society which has the constitutional resources to protect hate groups can protect homosexuals without valorizing the homosexual life-style. He defends the view that the Bible cannot warrant the venom that, in the name of religion, is often expressed against homosexuals. Michael E. Levin defends the unorthodox view that the aversion some people experience toward homosexuality deserves respect. He further argues that while homosexuals enjoy the same rights as others to be free of violence and discrimination, they do not have more extensive rights.
Laurence M. Thomas is professor in the departments of political science and philosophy at Syracuse University, where he also teaches in the Jewish studies program. He is the author of numerous articles and two previous books Living Morally and Vessels of Evil. Michael E. Levin is professor of philosophy at City College and the City University of New York. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including Metaphysics and the Mind-Body Problem.