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The Right to Be Parents: LGBT Families and the Transformation of Parenthood
     

The Right to Be Parents: LGBT Families and the Transformation of Parenthood

by Carlos A. Ball
 

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The Right to be
Parents
is the first book to provide a detailed history of how LGBT parents have turned to the courts to protect and defend their relationships with their children. Carlos A. Ball chronicles the stories of LGBT parents who, in seeking to gain legal recognition of and protection for their relationships with their children, have

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The Right to be
Parents
is the first book to provide a detailed history of how LGBT parents have turned to the courts to protect and defend their relationships with their children. Carlos A. Ball chronicles the stories of LGBT parents who, in seeking to gain legal recognition of and protection for their relationships with their children, have fundamentally changed how American law defines and regulates parenthood. To this day, some courts are still not able to look beyond sexual orientation and gender identity in cases involving LGBT parents and their children. Yet on the whole, Ball’s stories are of progress and transformation:
as a result of these pioneering LGBT parent litigants, the law is increasingly recognizing the wide diversity in American familial structures.

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"The book . . . can be used in the classroom in gender studies, women's studies, men and masculinity studies, and the study of law and sociology. . . . Surprisingly easy to read, and it is a very interesting read."-Metapsychology

"Ball provides a solid reference for both those arguing in favor of LGBTQ parental rights and those seeking to understand the legal arguments advanced by those advocating for them."-Reba Kennedy,Library Journal

Library Journal
In this latest contribution to a growing body of work dealing with legal issues involving sexual orientation and gender identity, leading scholar Ball (law, Rutgers Univ.; From the Closet to the Courtroom: Five LGBT Rights Lawsuits That Have Changed Our Nation) considers the subject of legal recognition of LGBTQ parental rights. Through a series of case profiles, Ball provides an analysis in support of gay parents and argues that the legal standard of ruling in the best interests of children should be determined without consideration of the sexual preferences of the parents and solely with regard to "parental competence" as determined by the ability to meet the "responsibilities of parenthood." VERDICT Ball provides a solid reference for both those arguing in favor of LGBTQ parental rights and those seeking to understand the legal arguments advanced by those advocating for them. Recommended.—Reba Kennedy, San Antonio, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814739303
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
05/14/2012
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Carlos A. Ball is Distinguished Professor of Law and Judge Frederick Lacey Scholar at the Rutgers University School of Law. An expert in family and constitutional law, he has written several books on LGBT rights, including Same-Sex Marriage and Children, and The Morality of Gay Rights.

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