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Same-sex marriage
Andryszewski, Tricia, 1956-

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144 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Introduction -- The background: gay rights in the United States -- Gay marriage as a religious issue -- What kind of America? -- Domestic partnership -- Gay family life -- Politics and legal developments in the 1990s -- Massachusetts and beyond -- Resources to contact -- Timeline -- Endnotes -- Bibliography -- Index.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Pub Date:
Twenty-First Century Books, [2008]



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Same-sex Marriage is one of the most controversial and emotional issues under debate in twenty-first-century American society. Besides the many rights and benefits that are accorded to heterosexual married couples, marriage also conveys societal support and acceptance of that union. Proponents of same-sex marriage want to share in those privileges. Opponents argue that the moral and religious aspects of marriage would be violated by the marital union of homosexual couples. They believe marriage must be limited to the union of one man and one woman. Author Tricia Andryszewski encourages readers to understand both sides of the issue before forming an opinion. Is same-sex marriage a civil right or a moral wrong? Andryszewski presents a balanced, unbiased examination of this hotly debated topic.

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Booklist Review

A hot issue and a legal muddle is how Andryszewski sums up the current same-sex marriage debate, and in her very detailed, in-depth overview she describes landmark court cases and state rulings, as well as the wide range of opinions among the gay and straight, conservative and liberal, and religious and secular. Health benefits and inheritance rights are among the important legal questions raised. Throughout, quotes from all sides of the debate appear, including some from the children of same-sex couples. With lots of full-color, captioned photos of weddings, couples, and families, and sidebars that present comments from pundits that range from conservative Christians to Supreme Court justices and gay activist lawmakers, the book's design is sure to draw curious browsers, as well as passionately engaged researchers. Both groups will appreciate the concluding profiles of leaders and their opinions. A detailed time line, a glossary, source notes, and a bibliography of books and Web sites round out the book's extensive back matter.--Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2008 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Andryszewski puts arguments for and against same-sex marriage into a cultural, religious, political, and legal context. Beginning with a history of the gay rights/gay liberation movement from the 1960s to the 1980s, she progresses to a nuanced analysis of religious support for and opposition to same-sex marriage; the changing definition of marriage; the status of gay families; and political developments in the past two decades. Although other books on the topic are available, this one contains unique arguments, including a conservative case for same-sex marriage; a radical case for domestic partnership, instead; and an in-depth discussion of the advances and setbacks of the 2000s. Quotations, informational sidebars, and glossy photographs add depth and visual appeal. The book also has an extensive index, a list of organizations to contact, and a who's who section that complements the text. The scope is limited to the U.S., and although the viewpoints presented are analyzed in depth, very little ethnic or racial diversity is represented. Nevertheless, this book will be valuable both for research and for those GLBTQ teens hungry for all related information.-Megan Honig, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
Chapter 1 The Background: Gay Rights in the United Statesp. 13
Chapter 2 Gay Marriage as a Religious Issuep. 27
Chapter 3 What Kind of Country?p. 39
Chapter 4 Domestic Partnershipp. 59
Chapter 5 Gay Family Lifep. 71
Chapter 6 Politics and Legal Developments in the 1990sp. 83
Chapter 7 Massachusetts and Beyondp. 99
What's Your Opinion?p. 112
Who's Who?p. 114
Timelinep. 120
Glossaryp. 126
Source Notesp. 128
Selected Bibliographyp. 131
Further Reading and Websitesp. 134
Resources to Contactp. 136
Indexp. 139

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