Gay Marriage: for Better Or for Worse?: What We've Learned from the Evidence
Opponents of same-sex marriage in the United States claim that allowing gays and lesbians to marry would undermine the institution of marriage, weaken family structures, and cause harm to children. Drawing from 17 years of data and experience with same-sex marriage in Scandinavia (in the form of registered partnerships), Gay Marriage: For Better or for Worse? is the first book to present empirical evidence about the effects of same-sex marriage on society. Spedale and Eskridge find that the evidence refutes conservative defense-of-marriage arguments and, in fact, demonstrates that the institution of marriage may indeed benefit from the legalization of gay marriage. If we look at the proof from abroad, the authors show, 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.
"A very interesting book that people should read."
--Bill O'Reilly, Host, The O'Reilly Factor
"Whatever your views are now on same-sex marriage, this is the book to read to be informed about why same sex couples want legal recognition and what legal union means to them and to the larger community. Spedale and Eskridge give detailed accounts of the effects of registered partnerships in Scandinavia--and along the way, offer fascinating and engaging pictures of many people's lives."
Jeremiah Smith Jr. Professor, Harvard Law School
"Spedale and Eskridge illuminate with remarkable even-handedness a debate that tends to generate more heat than light. They provide a cogent analysis of conservative arguments that same-sex matrimony threatens conventional marriage, and argue persuasively that enabling same-sex partners to marry may actually strengthen that beleaguered institution."
President and CEO, Center for American Progress
"An important and timely contribution. It should be required reading for anyone interested in the future of families in America."
--Martha Albertson Fineman,
Robert W. Woodruff Professor, Emory Law School
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Well Darren is part of my Family. The Spedales would kill Darren for being Gay. They are the Holy order of the Church. And Darren would not go passed his family and not be killed for Breaking Gods Laws. In the Laws of the Bible it tells you its a sin for a man to lay,with another man. Hung By the neck till dead. Or feed him to a shark. Or any beast of the field as its ordered by God. So was Darren born Gay? Or Did he become Gay from attacks from another Gay Man? Id like to know. Name One Creation That God Made that was Gay. Ever see a Gay Snail? A Snail mounts its female from the rear. Go Boy'' Ever seen a Gay Duck? Gay Dog? Gay Fish? Gay Snake? Gay Buzzards? You wont find any. Only with People does God have a Problem. The Snake God said was Cursed beyound all creatures of the Earth.That he would crawl on his belly,and eat the dust of the Ground the rest of his life. But when it comes to God''He doesnt Sin. He finds a female and has baby snakes. Cursed but never sins. What happened to you? Spedales were to lead the way'' not to become cursed. You cant have a Gay Marriage. You cant re-produce offspring with another man. Test Tube Babys'' somthing happened to you at birth. Tampering of Humans done by the American Goverment. Germ warfare ordered, When did you find out that your Gay? Ramona. email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org please reply back.
Beyond Straight and Gay Marriage: Valuing All Families Under the Law
Nancy D. Polikoff
Limited preview - 2008
Toward a Brave New World
1 The Evolving SameSex Marriage Debate in the United States
2 The SameSex Marriage Debate in Scandinavia and the Rest of Europe
Sixteen Years of Scandinavian Partnerships and the Changing Conception of Family
Lessons from Scandinavia
5 Modern Scandinavian Families and the DefenseofMarriage Argument