Legalizing LGBT Families

Legalizing LGBT Families

How the Law Shapes Parenthood

by Amanda K. Baumle and D'Lane R. Compton

Published by: NYU Press

320 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781479811816
  • Published: November 2017

$28.00

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  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9781479857647
  • Published: December 2015

$45.00

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In-depth interviews examine the role of the law in the lives of LGBT parents 

The decision to have a child is seldom a simple one, often fraught with complexities regarding emotional readiness, finances, marital status, and compatibility with life and career goals. Rarely, though, do individuals consider the role of the law in facilitating or inhibiting their ability to have a child or to parent. For LGBT individuals, however, parenting is saturated with legality – including the initial decision of whether to have a child, how to have a child, whether one’s relationship with their child will be recognized, and everyday acts of parenting. 

Through interviews with 137 LGBT parents, Amanda K. Baumle and D’Lane R. Compton examine the role of the law in the lives of LGBT parents and how individuals use the law when making decisions about family formation or parenting. Baumle and Compton explore the ways in which LGBT parents participate in the process of constructing legality through accepting, modifying, or rejecting legal meanings about their families. They conclude that legality is constructed through a complex interplay of legal context, social networks, individual characteristics, and familial desires. Ultimately, the stories of LGBT parents in this book reflect a rich and varied relationship between the law, the state, and the private family goals of individuals.

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