Instead, I have argued here that even a less adaptable, more fragile sort of
marriage would not be significantly rocked by the entrance of same-sex couples.
Marriage poses more of a challenge to gay people than gay people do to
Author: M. V. Lee Badgett
Publisher: NYU Press
."..Badgett offers a rare look at how gay marriage is actually working, by taking readers to a land where it has been legal for same-sex couples to marry since 2001: the Netherlands. Through interviews with married gay couples we learn about the often surprising changes to their relationships, and the reactions of their families and work colleagues. Moreover, Badgett shows how the institution itself has been altered, exploring how the concept of marriage itself has changed in the United States and the Netherlands." "The evidence from around the world shows both that marriage changes gay people more than gay people change marriage and that it is the most liberal countries and states making the first moves to recognize gay couples. In the end, Badgett demonstrates that allowing gay couples to marry does not destroy the institution of marriage and that many gay couples do benefit, in expected as well as surprising ways, from the legal, social, and political rights that the institution offers."--From publisher description.
“The same people who condemn homosexuality as being a promiscuous lifestyle
also say theyre against gay marriage because theywouldnt Want to recognize
stable gay relationships.” KNOWLEDGE IS POWER. "Will selling my Insurance ...
The Advocate is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) monthly newsmagazine. Established in 1967, it is the oldest continuing LGBT publication in the United States.
It is the work of a brilliant civil rights litigator who has dedicated his life to the protection of individuals' rights and our Constitution's commitment to equal justice under the law.
Author: Evan Wolfson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Why Marriage Matters offers a compelling and clear discussion of a question at the forefront of our national consciousness. It is the work of a brilliant civil rights litigator who has dedicated his life to the protection of individuals' rights and our Constitution's commitment to equal justice under the law. Above all, it is a thoughtful, straightforward book that brings into sharp focus the human significance of the right to marry in America -- not just for some couples, but for all. Whatever your personal beliefs, we all can agree that marriage equality provokes both passion and tension, and looms large in our nation's politics. Marriage means many things to many people -- emotionally, spiritually, intellectually -- but in these pages, Evan Wolfson demonstrates a truth that is undeniable: Marriage is the legal gateway to a vast array of tangible and intangible protections, responsibilities, and benefits, most of which cannot be replicated in any other way. Wolfson is a formidable legal thinker who has participated in landmark cases to end race discrimination in jury trials, to secure the rights of battered married women, and to challenge the abuse of power at the highest level in government. Now, with extraordinary clarity, fascinating stories, and legal and historical examples, he addresses the questions we as Americans are asking ourselves as we consider how marriage equality will affect our lives. Why is the word marriage so important? What are the stakes for America in this civil rights movement? How can people of different faiths reconcile their beliefs with the idea of marriage for same-sex couples? How will allowing gay couples to marry affect children? Here you will find thorough, honest answers -- some that may surprise you, some that will persuade you, many that will move you. Wolfson recalls the history of past battles over marriage and movements for equality, and articulates the everyday acts of discrimination that frame this current movement -- acts of discrimination that, if faced by non-gay Americans, would provoke a resounding cry of injustice. Marriage matters because it is a foundation upon which most Americans build dreams. It is the cornerstone of commitment one individual makes to another -- a commitment we are taught is the highest expression of love, dedication, and responsibility. In this, the most powerful, authoritative, and fairly articulated book on the subject, Wolfson demonstrates why the right to marry is important -- indeed necessary -- for all couples and for America's promise of equality.
Ten stories from same-sex couples in the United States.
Author: Michelle Bates Deakin
Publisher: Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
Ten stories from same-sex couples in the United States.
Primary source documents, quotes, and explanations of Supreme Court rulings help set the scene and tell the evolving tale of equality for marriage rights in the United States.
Author: Barbara Gottfried Hollander
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
One would think that by now the issue of marriage and the simple right for two people who love one another to be together would be settled. Even in the 21st century, people ask, "What is marriage?" Although the word "marriage" isn't even mentioned in the Constitution, readers will learn why this issue has been a subject of debate for years, whether for interracial or same-sex couples. Primary source documents, quotes, and explanations of Supreme Court rulings help set the scene and tell the evolving tale of equality for marriage rights in the United States.
A study of the fight for marriage equality furnishes an effective argument for why married couples, whether they are gay or straight, should not receive special rights under American law that are denied to other families, analyzing the ...
Author: Nancy D. Polikoff
Publisher: Beacon Press
A study of the fight for marriage equality furnishes an effective argument for why married couples, whether they are gay or straight, should not receive special rights under American law that are denied to other families, analyzing the larger political, social, and economic issues of marriage and family law as they pertain to unmarried couples, single-parent households, and other family relationships.
Marriage also connotes a permanent union since the marriage vows involve
fidelity , and the ceremony implies a joyous celebration with friends and family .
Some of the reasons people get married , therefore , are relevant to at least some
Author: Karla Jay
"The Gay Report contains the results of the first comprehensive survey of the homosexual community. In 1977, Karla Jay and Allen Young distributed several hundred thousand copies of their survey to lesbians and gay men. Over five thousand of them, between the ages of fourteen and eighty-two, from all over the United States and Canada, filled out the extensive questionnairs about their lifestyles and sexual experiences. This book tells what they said."--Publisher's description.
Wedlocked turns to history to compare today’s same-sex marriage movement to the experiences of newly emancipated black people in the mid-nineteenth century, when they were able to legally marry for the first time.
Author: Katherine Franke
Publisher: NYU Press
The staggering string of victories by the gay rights movement’s campaign for marriage equality raises questions not only about how gay people have been able to successfully deploy marriage to elevate their social and legal reputation, but also what kind of freedom and equality the ability to marry can mobilize. Wedlocked turns to history to compare today’s same-sex marriage movement to the experiences of newly emancipated black people in the mid-nineteenth century, when they were able to legally marry for the first time. Maintaining that the transition to greater freedom was both wondrous and perilous for newly emancipated people, Katherine Franke relates stories of former slaves’ involvements with marriage and draws lessons that serve as cautionary tales for today’s marriage rights movements. While “be careful what you wish for” is a prominent theme, they also teach us how the rights-bearing subject is inevitably shaped by the very rights they bear, often in ways that reinforce racialized gender norms and stereotypes. Franke further illuminates how the racialization of same-sex marriage has redounded to the benefit of the gay rights movement while contributing to the ongoing subordination of people of color and the diminishing reproductive rights of women. Like same-sex couples today, freed African-American men and women experienced a shift in status from outlaws to in-laws, from living outside the law to finding their private lives organized by law and state licensure. Their experiences teach us the potential and the perils of being subject to legal regulation: rights—and specifically the right to marriage—can both burden and set you free.
Modern Scandinavian Families and the Defense-of-Marriage Argument6. Drawing Lines: Scandinavian Lessons for the American Marriage DebateEpilogue: I Now Pronounce YouAn Emerging Menu of Relationship OptionsAppendixNotesBibliographyIndex.
Author: William N. Eskridge
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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.
In this book, Eskridge and his coauthor, Christopher R. Riano, offer a panoramic and definitive history of America’s marriage equality debate.
Author: William N. Eskridge, Jr.
Publisher: Yale University Press
The definitive history of the marriage equality debate in the United States, praised by Library Journal as "beautifully and accessibly written. . . . An essential work.” As a legal scholar who first argued in the early 1990s for a right to gay marriage, William N. Eskridge Jr. has been on the front lines of the debate over same‑sex marriage for decades. In this book, Eskridge and his coauthor, Christopher R. Riano, offer a panoramic and definitive history of America’s marriage equality debate. The authors explore the deeply religious, rabidly political, frequently administrative, and pervasively constitutional features of the debate and consider all angles of its dramatic history. While giving a full account of the legal and political issues, the authors never lose sight of the personal stories of the people involved, or of the central place the right to marry holds in a person’s ability to enjoy the dignity of full citizenship. This is not a triumphalist or one‑sided book but a thoughtful history of how the nation wrestled with an important question of moral and legal equality.
Kathleen Hull provides an exploration of the cultural practices around same-sex marriage, as well as the legal battle for recognition.
Author: Kathleen Hull
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Fierce and sometimes ugly battles are being waged, especially in America, over who is allowed to marry, and what marriage signifies. By examining these debates and the data from over seventy interviews, Kathleen Hull explores the cultural practices around same-sex marriage as well as the legal battles for recognition.
An engagement ring , the proposal , the wedding , and the honeymoon are
American traditions for straight couples but an ... The gay person who passes as
straight can get married , can serve in the military , and can sue his or her
Author: William N. Eskridge
A thought-provoking overview of the issue of gay marriage discusses the history of gay unions, the controversy over the issue, and the implications of gay unions for gay behavior, marriage and the family, and civil rights. 25,000 first printing.
This book is a comparative history devoted to the revolutionary tradition in the West as it evolved over many centuries and reached its logical, though extreme, culmination in the Communist revolutions of the twentieth century.
Author: Andrew Koppelman
Publisher: Yale University Press
This book is a comparative history devoted to the revolutionary tradition in the West as it evolved over many centuries and reached its logical, though extreme, culmination in the Communist revolutions of the twentieth century. Unique in the breadth of its scope, "History's Locomotives" is also unique in its interpretation of the origins and history of socialism as well as the meanings of the Russian Revolution, the rise of the Soviet regime, and the ultimate collapse of the Soviet Union. The masterwork of a historian in whom a fine sense of historical particularity never interfered with the ability to see the large picture, this book explores religious conflicts in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Europe, the revolutions in England, American, and France, and the twentieth-century Russian explosions into revolution. Malia finds that twentieth-century revolutions have deep roots in European history and that revolutionary thought and action underwent a process of radicalization from one great revolution to the next. He offers an original view of the phenomenon of revolution and a fascinating assessment of its power as a driving force in history.
To be a full part of my family , I had to somehow not be me . ... It took years for me
to realize that I was gay , years more to tell others , and more time yet to form any
kind of stable ... When people talk about gay marriage , they miss the point .
Author: Robert M. Baird
Publisher: Contemporary Issues (Prometheu
The issue of same-sex marriage has attracted the attention of the nation and has become one of the most heated social controversies. This completely revised and updated second edition of "Same-Sex Marriage" presents a balanced selection of the latest, the most diverse, and the most clearly argued positions advocated by academics, politicians, journalists, attorneys, judges, and activists.
As one longcoupled gay man expresses it : “ I resent the fact that married people
get lower taxes . But as long as there is this institution of marriage and
heterosexuals have that privilege , then gay people should be able to do it too .
Author: Amanda Konradi
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages
Drawing from a wide selection of current research and writings, "Reading Between the Lines" brings together accessible readings that examine a broad range of social problems and reflect different conceptual approaches. The text provides a conceptual framework for understanding social problems and enables an integrated race, class, and gender analysis..