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Same-Sex Partnerships in the United States

in Equality for Same-Sex Couples

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780226520315
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226520339 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226520339.003.0007
Same-Sex Partnerships in the United States

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During the past few decades, U.S. courts have been slowly expanding the definition of family. There is growing recognition of homosexuals as parents, because courts are increasingly granting visitation and custody rights not only to the gay or lesbian natural parent but also to stepparents in same-sex relationships. Courts are also approving adoption petitions of single gay men and lesbians and of same-sex co-parents, as well as petitions of a same-sex couple to jointly adopt an unrelated child. The availability of artificial insemination for lesbians is another contributing factor to the expanding recognition of alternative families in the United States. In recognizing new family structures and living arrangements alternative to marriage, the prevalent statutory solution to the status of unmarried cohabitants in the United States during the past decade has been domestic partner legislation and policies.

Keywords: same-sex partnerships; United States; gay and lesbian; same-sex couples; alternative families; artificial insemination

Chapter.  31214 words. 

Subjects: Family Law

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