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Equality for Same-Sex Couples: The Legal Recognition of Gay Partnerships in Europe and the United States

Yuval Merin

Abstract

During the past three decades, nations all over the world have been debating whether to allow same-sex couples to marry, or at least grant these couples various rights associated with marriage. This book presents a comparative study of the legal regulation of same-sex partnerships worldwide, as well as a unique survey of the status of same-sex couples in Europe. The author begins by providing a historical overview of the transformation of marriage from antiquity to the present, and then identifies and critically compares four principal models for the legal regulation and recognition of same-se ... More

Keywords: same-sex marriage, legal regulation, civil marriage, registered partnership, domestic partnership, cohabitation, separate but equal, African Americans, constitutionality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780226520315
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226520339.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yuval Merin, author