Nancy Polikoff writes a brilliant argument for the true equality of love and marriage and how the law can, and must, value all families.
Product Code: 3974
ISBN: 9780807044339
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
Published Date: 01/01/2009
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Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriagereframes the family-rights debate by arguing that marriage shouldn’t bestow special legal privileges upon couples because people, both heterosexual and LGBT, live in a variety of relationships-including unmarried couples of any sexual orientation, single-parent households, extended biological family units, and myriad other familial configurations. Nancy D. Polikoff shows how the law can value all families, and why it must.
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A Note from the Series Editor

ONE The changing meaning of marriage

TWO Gay rights and the conservative backlash

THREE Redefining family

FOUR The right and the marriage movement

FIVE LGBT Families and the marriage-equality movement

SIX Countries where marriage matters less

SEVEN Valuing all families

Domestic partner benefits for all families

Coping with illness: Medical care and family and medical leave

When a relationship ends through dissolution or death: Distributing assets and providing for children

Losing an economic provider: Wrongful death, workers’ compensation, and social security

“Polikoff wades through legislation and legalese with style and substance, plus a touch of flair. Impeccably researched, the book offers an evocative read that takes in the full breadth of the issues affecting marriages and avoids pedantry while remaining persuasive.” —Publishers Weekly
“Polikoff’s argument is provocative, illuminating, and original.” —John D’Emilio, author of Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin
“The book many have been waiting for . . . Polikoff provides answers worth contemplation and implementation.” —Ruthann Robson, Professor of Law and University Distinguished Professor, City University of New York School of Law, Women’s Review of Books
“Polikoff’s book comes just in time . . . Using real case studies, Polikoff makes a strong case that furthering the legal protections for all people, regardless of relationship status, will help the LGBT community more than marriage itself.” —Rachel Pepper, Curve Magazine
“A bold, detailed, reasoned (even subversive) tome that makes the case for moving the debate beyond the issue of marriage rights and into the realm of creating laws that protect all of us.” —Scott Stiffler, Edge
“This book really matters. It is brilliant and thoughtful-not simply about a set of laws, it is a manifesto to transform the way we understand, recognize, and respect the reality of our diverse and complex family compositions.” —Amber Hollibaugh, senior strategist, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
“Polikoff mobilizes an impressive array of legal history and contemporary court cases to show how marriage, whether same-sex or heterosexual, has ceased to be the only place where people incur long-term obligations.” —Stephanie Coontz, author of Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage
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