Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage: Valuing All Families under the Law
Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage reframes 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.
Table of Contents
The changing meaning of marriage -- Gay rights and the conservative backlash -- Redefining family -- The right and the marriage movement -- LGBT families and the marriage equality movement -- Countries where marriage matters less -- 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, Nancy D. Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage: Valuing All Families under the Law. Boston: Beacon Press, c2008.