Gay Marriage: for Better or for Worse?
by William N. Eskridge; Darren R. Spedale; William N. Eskridge
Call Number: K699 .E85 2006 SAU Library Second Floor
Publication Date: 2006-06-18
Includes bibliographical references and index.--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, this is the first book topresent 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 Scandinavianexperience 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 harmthe wellbeing of our nation's children.
Defending Same-Sex Marriage
by Martin Dupuis (Other Adaptation by); William A. Thompson (Other Adaptation by)
Call Number: HQ1034.U5 D44 2007 Vol.1-3 SAU LibrarySecond Floor
Publication Date: 2006-12-01
Includes bibliographical references and index.--Today we find ourselves at a crossroads of two powerful, unrelenting currents completely at odds with one another. The movement for legal recognition of same-sex unions demands equality in marriage for all couples. Meanwhile, opposition to same-sex marriage has also been gathering strength. This three-volume set clarifies the legal, political, religious, cultural, and social ramifications of same-sex marriage for gay and lesbian couples and their families and friends, and for the general public interested in the future of civil rights in the United States.
by Judith Stacey
Call Number: ON ORDER at SAU Library
Publication Date: 2011-05-02
Includes bibliographical references and index.--A leading expert on the family, Judith Stacey is known for her provocative research on mainstream issues. Finding herself impatient with increasingly calcified positions taken in the interminable wars over same-sex marriage, divorce, fatherlessness, marital fidelity, and the like, she struck out to profile unfamiliar cultures of contemporary love, marriage, and family values from around the world. Built on bracing original research that spans gay men's intimacies and parenting in this country to plural and non-marital forms of family in South Africa and China, Unhitched decouples the taken for granted relationships between love, marriage, and parenthood. Countering the one-size-fits-all vision of family values, Stacey offers readers a lively, in-person introduction to these less familiar varieties of intimacy and family and to the social, political, and economic conditions that buttress and batter them. Through compelling stories of real families navigating inescapable personal and political trade-offs between desire and domesticity, the book undermines popular convictions about family, gender, and sexuality held on the left, right, and center. Taking on prejudices of both conservatives and feminists, Unhitched poses a powerful empirical challenge to the belief that the nuclear family--whether straight or gay--is the single, best way to meet our needs for intimacy and care. Stacey calls on citizens and policy-makers to make their peace with the fact that family diversity is here to stay.