Gay Marriage: for Better or for Worse?: What Weve Learned from the Evidence

Paperback | June 20, 2007

byWilliam N. Eskridge, Darren R. Spedale

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Opponents of same-sex marriage in the United States claim that allowing gays and lesbians to marry would undermine the institution of marriage, weaken family structures, and cause harm to children. Drawing from 17 years of data and experience with same-sex marriage in Scandinavia (in the formof registered partnerships), Gay Marriage: For Better or for Worse? is the first book to present empirical evidence about the effects of same-sex marriage on society. Spedale and Eskridge find that the evidence refutes conservative defense-of-marriage arguments and, in fact, demonstrates that theinstitution of marriage may indeed benefit from the legalization of gay marriage. If we look at the proof from abroad, the authors show, we must conclude that the sanctioning of gay marriage in the United States would neither undermine marriage as an institution, nor harm the wellbeing of ournation's children. "A very interesting book that people should read." --Bill O'Reilly, Host, The O'Reilly Factor "Whatever your views are now on same-sex marriage, this is the book to read to be informed about why same sex couples want legal recognition and what legal union means to them and to the larger community. Spedale and Eskridge give detailed accounts of the effects of registered partnerships inScandinavia--and along the way, offer fascinating and engaging pictures of many people's lives." --Martha Minow, Jeremiah Smith Jr. Professor, Harvard Law School "Spedale and Eskridge illuminate with remarkable even-handedness a debate that tends to generate more heat than light. They provide a cogent analysis of conservative arguments that same-sex matrimony threatens conventional marriage, and argue persuasively that enabling same-sex partners to marrymay actually strengthen that beleaguered institution." --John Podesta, President and CEO, Center for American Progress "An important and timely contribution. It should be required reading for anyone interested in the future of families in America." --Martha Albertson Fineman, Robert W. Woodruff Professor, Emory Law School

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Opponents of same-sex marriage in the United States claim that allowing gays and lesbians to marry would undermine the institution of marriage, weaken family structures, and cause harm to children. Drawing from 17 years of data and experience with same-sex marriage in Scandinavia (in the formof registered partnerships), Gay Marriage: F...

Darren R. Spedale is an investment banker in New York City. He spent two years on a Fulbright Fellowship in Denmark researching Scandinavian same-sex partnerships. He received his J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Stanford University, and continues his work on same-sex marriage through his pro bono activities. William N. Eskridge, Jr. is t...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 6.1 × 9.02 × 0.98 inPublished:June 20, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Toward a Brave New World1. The Evolving Same-Sex Marriage Debate in the UnitedStates2. The Same-Sex Marriage Debate in Scandinavia and theRest of Europe3. A New Look For Legal Unions: Sixteen Years ofScandinavian Partnerships and the Changing Conception ofFamily4. The Benefits of Same-Sex Marriage: Lessons FromScandinavia5. Modern Scandinavian Families and theDefense-of-Marriage Argument6. Drawing Lines: Scandinavian Lessons for theAmerican Marriage DebateEpilogue: I Now Pronounce YouAn Emerging Menu ofRelationship OptionsAppendixBibliographyIndex

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"Eskridge and Spedale have given us an important and timely contribution to the debates about same-sex marriage. This book convincingly shows why the best policy (and the best politics) would be to support individuals and the families they form, however those families are constituted. Itshould be required reading for anyone interested in the future of families in America."--Martha Albertson Fineman, Robert W. Woodruff Professor, Emory Law School