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Same-Sex Couples: Marriage, Families, and Children


Michael S. Wald


Stanford Law School

December 1999

Stanford Law School, Public Law and Legal Theory Working Paper No. 6

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This report analyzes the arguments for and against a ballot initiative, Proposition 22, which would ban recognition of same- sex couple marriage in California. The analysis focuses on the likely effects of passage of the initiative on the well-being of children. It also looks at the issue of same-sex marriage in the context of California family law and policies. The report assesses the research examining the relationships of same-sex couples and the research on the development of children raised by gay parents. The report concludes that allowing same-sex couples to marry would benefit the adults, their children, and society as a whole. The report also assesses the issues raised by state statutes that would deny "full faith and credit" to same-sex couple marriages, if some state decides to authorize such marriages.

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JEL Classification: K19

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Date posted: January 18, 2000  

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Wald, Michael S., Same-Sex Couples: Marriage, Families, and Children (December 1999). Stanford Law School, Public Law and Legal Theory Working Paper No. 6. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=203649 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.203649

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