Book — 1 online resource (vii, 239 pages) : illustrations Digital: data file.
Part I . What Makes a Good Parent?
1 Mothers on Trial
2 Fathers Come out of the Closet
Part I I . Who Is a Parent?
3 Breaking up Is Hard to Do
4 Donate Here, Parent There
5 When the State Discriminates
Part I I I . Can Transsexuals Be Parents?
6 Gender Does Not Make a Parent
About the Author.
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In 1975, California courts stripped a lesbian mother of her custody rights because she was living openly with another woman. Twenty years later, the Virginia Supreme Court did the same thing to another lesbian mother. In ordering that children be separated from their mothers, these courts ruled that it was not possible for a woman to be both a good parent and a lesbian. The Right to be Parents is the first book to provide a detailed history of how LGBT parents have turned to the courts to protect and defend their relationships with their children. Carlos A. Ball chronicles the stories of LGBT parents who, in seeking to gain legal recognition of and protection for their relationships with their children, have fundamentally changed how American law defines and regulates parenthood. Each chapter contains riveting human stories of determination and perseverance as LGBT parents challenge the widely-held view that having a same-sexual orientation, or that being a transsexual, renders individuals incapable of being good parents. To this day, some courts are still not able to look beyond sexual orientation and gender identity in order to fairly apply legal principles in cases involving LGBT parents and their children. Yet on the whole, stories are of progress and transformation: as a result of these pioneering LGBT parent litigants, the law is increasingly recognizing the wide diversity in American familial structures. The Right to be Parents explores why and how that has come to be. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
The Right to beParents is the first book to provide a detailed history of how LGBT parentshave turned to the courts to protect and defend their relationships with theirchildren. Carlos A. Ball chronicles the stories of LGBT parents who, in seekingto gain legal recognition of and protection for their relationships with theirchildren, have fundamentally changed how American law defines and regulatesparenthood. To this day, some courts are still not able to look beyond sexualorientation and gender identity in cases involving LGBT parents and theirchildren. Yet on the whole, Ball's stories are of progress and transformation:as a result of these pioneering LGBT parent litigants, the law is increasinglyrecognizing the wide diversity in American familial structures. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
In Queers in Court, Susan Gluck Mezey examines the contemporary battle for gay and lesbian rights in the United States, tracing the evolution of issues from same sex marriage and privacy rights to military service and employment discrimination. By combining analyses of nearly three hundred cases from both federal and state courts with detailed explorations of the paths these issues have taken through legislative and executive bodies, she provides the most comprehensive analysis of queer rights in law and policy to date. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
First paperback edition. - Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2006.
Book — 1 online resource (298 pages) : illustrations
The puzzle of gay rights litigation
LOS and the emergence of gay rights litigation
An overview of Lambda and its litigation
Sodomy reform from Stonewall to Bowers
Sodomy reform from Bowers to Lawrence
The law and politics of antigay initiatives
The case of same-sex marriage
LOS and legal change.
Over the past 30 years, the gay rights movement has moved from the margins to the center of American politics, sparking debate from bedroom to boardroom to battlefield. ""Out of the Closets and into the Courts"" analyzes the most recent gay rights cases, and explores the complex relationship between litigation and social change. Ellen Andersen describes what happens when these cases - many overseen by the Lambda Legal Defense Fund, the nation's oldest and largest gay rights defense firm - enter the courtroom, and explains why they have met with mixed success. ""Out of the Closets and into the Courts"" explores both the promise and the limits of using legal mobilization to effect social change. Crossing disciplinary boundaries, Ellen Andersen draws on the accumulated knowledge of political science, law, and sociology to explain the origins and outcomes of gay rights litigation. The resulting book is essential reading for anyone interested in gay rights, legal change, and social movements. (source: Nielsen Book Data)