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Equality for Same-Sex CouplesThe Legal Recognition of Gay Partnerships in Europe and the United States$
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Yuval Merin

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780226520315

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226520339.001.0001

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Same-Sex Partnerships in the United States

Same-Sex Partnerships in the United States

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(p.177) Chapter 7 Same-Sex Partnerships in the United States
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Equality for Same-Sex Couples
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226520339.003.0007

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

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