Polikoff reframes the debate by arguing that all family relationships and households need the economic stability and emotional peace of mind that now extend only to married couples. Unmarried couples of any sexual orientation, single-parent households, extended family units, and myriad other familial configurations need recognition and protection to meet the concerns they all share: building and sustaining economic and emotional interdependence, and nurturing the next generation.
Couples should have the choice to marry based on the spiritual, cultural, or religious meaning of marriage in their lives, asserts Polikoff. While marriage equality for same-sex couples is a civil rights victory, she contends that no one should have to marry in order to reap specific and unique legal results.
A persuasive argument that married couples should not receive special rights denied to other families, Polikoff shows how the law can value all families, and why it must.
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Michael Bronski is professor of practice in media and activism in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Program at Harvard University. He has written extensively on LGBT issues for four decades, in both mainstream and queer publications, and is the author of three other books and editor of several anthologies.
Table of Contents
A Note from the Series Editor ix
1 The Changing Meaning of Marriage 11
2 Gay Rights and the Conservative Backlash 34
3 Redefining Family 46
4 The Right and the Marriage Movement 63
5 LGBT Families and the Marriage-Equality Movement 83
6 Countries Where Marriage Matters Less 110
7 Valuing All Families 123
8 Domestic Partner Benefits for All Families 146
9 Coping with Illness: Medical Care and Family and Medical Leave 159
10 When a Relationship Ends through Dissolution or Death: Distributing Assets and Providing for Children 174
11 Losing an Economic Provider: Wrongful Death, Workers' Compensation, and Social Security 193