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Badgett, M. V. Lee (Mary Virginia Lee)
When gay people get married : what happens when societies legalize same-sex marriage / M.V. Lee Badgett
New York : New York University Press, c2009
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 3rd Floor  K699 .B33 2009    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Same-sex marriage -- Law and legislation
Gay couples -- Legal status, laws, etc
Physical Description xi, 287 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 231-263) and index
Contents Introduction : a different perspective -- Why marry? : the value of marriage -- Forsaking all other options -- The impact of gay marriage on heterosexuals -- Something borrowed : trying marriage on -- Something new : will marriage change gay people? -- Marriage dissent in the gay community -- Strange bedfellows : assessing alternatives to marriage -- The pace of change : are we moving too fast? -- Conclusion : marriage under renovation?
Review "In When Gay People Get Married, noted scholar M. V. Lee 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. When Gay People Get Married is a primer on the current state of the same-sex marriage debate, providing valuable new insights into the political, social, and personal stakes involved."--BOOK JACKET

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