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Family Law and Gay and Lesbian Family Issues in the Twentieth Century

Posted: 8 Jun 2000  

David L. Chambers

University of Michigan Law School

Nancy D. Polikoff

American University Washington College of Law

Abstract

Over the past thirty years, lesbians and gay men have increasingly challenged conventional definitions of marriage and the family. In this brief article, the authors tell the story of gay people and family law in the United States across this period. They divide their discussion into two sections: issues regarding the recognition of the same-sex couple relationship and issues regarding gay men and lesbians as parents. These issues overlap, of course, but since family law discussions commonly treat adult-adult issues of all sorts separately from parent-child issues, the authors believe it convenient and helpful to do so as well.

Suggested Citation

Chambers , David L. and Polikoff , Nancy D., Family Law and Gay and Lesbian Family Issues in the Twentieth Century. Family Law Quarterly, Vol. 33, No. 3, Fall 1999. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=228204

David L. Chambers (Contact Author)

University of Michigan Law School ( email )

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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1215
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Nancy D. Polikoff

American University Washington College of Law ( email )

4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016
United States
202-274-4232 (Phone)

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