Sexual Orientation, Marriage and Parenthood: A Global Perspective

Charlotte J. Patterson, Rachel G. Riskind, Samantha L. Tornello

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Few transformations in family lives that are taking place around the world are as rapid or profound as those involving sexual orientation, marriage and parenthood. This chapter takes a global perspective to consider the many variations in law and policy relevant to lesbian and gay parents and their children. These include variations in legal recognition for relationships of same-sex couples (e.g. marriage or civil unions), legal regulation of assisted reproductive technology, and legal regulation of adoption by lesbian and gay adults. In all these areas, significant changes are emerging around the globe on a regular basis. In the context of shifting social environments, innovative social science research highlights the challenges faced by families, as well as positive developments among children of lesbian and gay parents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationContemporary Issues in Family Studies
Subtitle of host publicationGlobal Perspectives on Partnerships, Parenting and Support in a Changing World
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781118320990
ISBN (Print)9781119971030
StatePublished - Oct 4 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)


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