Gay Marriage: for Better or for Worse?: What We've Learned from the Evidence

Gay Marriage: for Better or for Worse?: What We've Learned from the Evidence

by William N. Eskridge, Darren R. Spedale
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195326970

ISBN-13: 9780195326970

Pub. Date: 06/11/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Opponents of same-sex marriage in the United States often claim that allowing gays and lesbians to marry will lead to the downfall of the institution of marriage and will harm children. Drawing from 16 years of data and experience with same-sex unions in Scandinavia, Gay Marriage: For Better or for Worse? is the first book to present empirical evidence about…  See more details below

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Opponents of same-sex marriage in the United States often claim that allowing gays and lesbians to marry will lead to the downfall of the institution of marriage and will harm children. Drawing from 16 years of data and experience with same-sex unions in Scandinavia, Gay Marriage: For Better or for Worse? is the first book to present empirical evidence about the results of same-sex marriage (in the form of registered partnerships) from the Nordic countries. Spedale and Eskridge demonstrate that conservative defense-of-marriage arguments that predict negative effects from gay marriage are invalid, and the Scandinavian experience suggests that the institution of marriage may indeed benefit from the enactment of gay marriage. If we look at the proof from abroad, the authors argue, we must conclude that the sanctioning of gay marriage in the United States would neither undermine marriage as an institution, nor harm the wellbeing of our nation's children.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195326970
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/11/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : toward a brave new world3
1The evolving same-sex marriage debate in the United States11
2The same-sex marriage debate in Scandinavia and the rest of Europe43
3A new look for legal unions : sixteen years of Scandinavian partnerships and the changing conception of family91
4The benefits of same-sex marriage : lessons from Scandinavia131
5Modern Scandinavian families and the defense-of-marriage argument169
6Drawing lines : Scandinavian lessons for the American marriage debate203
Epilogue : I now pronounce you ... : an emerging menu of relationship options251

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