Same-Sex Marriage: The Legal and Psychological Evolution in America

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Few recent topics have claimed as much media and political attention as the fight for the right of same-sex couples to marry legally. Striking at the heart of beliefs about sexuality, marriage, family, and child-rearing, the debate has touched off national and international debate. In this practical guide to the issues and their history, the authors present the issues as a courtroom case would be presented to the jury—with an opening statement, expert testimony, and a closing argument in support of same-sex marriage. Chapters explore how we have arrived at our current understandings of homosexuality and marriage, the impact of same-sex marriage on same-sex relationships and families, the practical civil benefits denied to persons who are not allowed to marry, and the 40-year evolution in the law as it relates to sex and reproduction. This book provides a reasoned and informed history of the subject, and is ideal for readers in government, social work, and the law—and anyone curious about where this contentious issue is headed.

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"This collection of eight essays by two attorneys and two psychologists sets itself apart in the crowded field of books about same-sex marriage by condensing dozens of dense volumes worth of legalese and psychobabble into a surprisingly readable overview... Readers who want to get quickly up to speed on the case for same-sex marriage will want to give this book a look."— Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819568120
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

DONALD J. CANTOR and CAMPBELL D. BARRETT are lawyers with practices in Hartford, Connecticut. ELIZABETH CANTOR is a licensed clinical psychologist in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. JAMES C. BLACK is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut. Donald Cantor and James Black co-authored Child Custody (1989).

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Table of Contents

A Note on Definitions
The U.S Supreme Court: Five Cases and One Anomaly - Donald J. Cantor
The Evolution of State Law toward Sexual Privacy - Donald J. Cantor
The Evolution of Understanding Homosexuality within the Fields of Psychology and Psychiatry - Elizabeth Cantor
Gays and Lesbians as Parents and Partners: The Psychological Evidence - Elizabeth Cantor
Same-Sex Parents and Their Children's Development - James C. Black
Homosexuality and Adoption - Campbell D. Barrett
The Present Status of the Law of Marriage in the United States and Abroad - Campbell D. Barrett
The Practical Benefits of Marriage - Donald J. Cantor
Conclusion: The Case for Same Sex Marriage - Donald J. Cantor
About the Authors

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