I want to thank Dan and everyone else for welcoming me to The Lounge for this month. April often proves to be the cruelest month of the academic year for both students and faculty, but I hope to liven it up a bit with posts on the continuing debate over same-sex marriage and what comparative experience, as well as a left perspective, can add to this debate. I also plan to post on comparative legal academic work, in general, and my work on Islamic legal institutions in India, in particular. As time permits, I may also digress into a discussion of transgender rights, as they have recently played out in Pakistan, and also elsewhere; this is the subject of new work of mine and potentially the topic of a second book (after I finish the first…). For the time being, I will leave with you a question recently posed on Columbia Law School’s Gender & Sexuality Law Blog—Can You Oppose Gay Marriage and Not Be Anti-Gay?—and an answer: Yes (& No). Recent work of mine on this question/topic is here and here. I'm looking forward to all of the discussions this month!