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The Right to Be ParentsLGBT Families and the Transformation of Parenthood$
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Carlos A. Ball

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814739303

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814739303.001.0001

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Introduction

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The Right to Be Parents
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Carlos A. Ball

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814739303.003.0001

This book explores the history of legal reforms designed to gain legal recognition of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual (LGBT) families, and how such reforms have fundamentally changed the way parenthood is defined and regulated by American law. It chronicles the human stories of LGBT parents who have shown courage and determination as they battled in the courts to gain legal recognition of and protection for their relationships with their children. It also examines how courts have determined whether parents who are open about their sexual orientation can be good parents and argues that the sexual orientation and the gender identity of parents are irrelevant in making judicial determinations regarding parental rights. Finally, the book discusses the progress that LGBT parents have made through the courts.

Keywords:   legal reforms, parenthood, LGBT parents, courts, children, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental rights

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