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

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

by Donald Cantor, Elizabeth Cantor, James C. Black, Campbell D. Barrett
     
 

ISBN-10: 0819568120

ISBN-13: 9780819568120

Pub. Date: 04/28/2006

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819568120
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.85(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
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
Notes
References
Index
About the Authors

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