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Equality for same-sex couples : the legal recognition of gay partnerships in Europe and the United States / Yuval Merin.

By: Merin, Yuval.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c2002Description: xvi, 397 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0226520315 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780226520315 (cloth : alk. paper); 0226520323 (paper : alk. paper); 9780226520322 (paper : alk. paper).Subject(s): Same-sex marriage -- Law and legislation -- Europe | Gay couples -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Europe | Same-sex marriage -- Law and legislation -- United States | Gay couples -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United StatesDDC classification: 346.401/6 LOC classification: K699 | .M47 2002Other classification: 86.22 | PU 1534
Contents:
Introduction -- Changing institution of marriage and the exclusion of same-sex couples -- Registered partnerships in the Nordic countries -- Same-sex partnerships in the Netherlands -- Recognition of same-sex partnerships in other European countries -- Cohabitation model -- Same-sex partnerships in the United States -- Contrasts between the models of recognition and the status of same-sex partnerships in the United States and Northern Europe -- Domestic partnership, registered partnership, and marriage -- Alternatives to marriage and the doctrine of separate but equal -- Feasibility of opening up marriage to same-sex couples -- Conclusion.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 359-383) and index.

Introduction -- Changing institution of marriage and the exclusion of same-sex couples -- Registered partnerships in the Nordic countries -- Same-sex partnerships in the Netherlands -- Recognition of same-sex partnerships in other European countries -- Cohabitation model -- Same-sex partnerships in the United States -- Contrasts between the models of recognition and the status of same-sex partnerships in the United States and Northern Europe -- Domestic partnership, registered partnership, and marriage -- Alternatives to marriage and the doctrine of separate but equal -- Feasibility of opening up marriage to same-sex couples -- Conclusion.

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"Marriage is and has always been subject to change," Merin writes early in his comparative legal analysis of the state's treatment of same-sex partnerships in the American and Western European contexts. As the continued reshaping of legal partnerships for same-sex couples is destined to be a vital public policy debate for the coming generation, Merin's synthetic work that details the fascinating legal history and the legal landscape of the issue at the start of the century is crucial to informing researchers and observers. Merin categorizes state-recognized partnerships (marriage, registered partnerships, domestic partnerships, and cohabitation) in the countries examined here and thoughtfully explains the limited degree of formal recognition of gay/lesbian partnerships in the US's federalist system through this comparative analysis, contrasting it with the relative openness of gay/lesbian parental rights in the US. While this work, with its roots in a doctoral dissertation, shows redundancy and some stiltedness in its overall presentation, each section of this deeply informative and important book is expertly researched, skillfully written, and thoroughly linked to the related literature on this fundamental social and legal issue. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers; upper-division undergraduates and above. J. Barth Hendrix College

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Yuval Merin is law lecturer at the College of Management School of Law in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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