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Legalizing LGBT FamiliesHow the Law Shapes Parenthood$
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Amanda K. Baumle and D'Lane R. Compton

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479857647

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479857647.001.0001

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LGBT Parents Constructing Legality

(p.235) Conclusion
Legalizing LGBT Families

Amanda K. Baumle

D’Lane R. Compton

NYU Press

The authors conclude by examining their emergent theory, and the contributions that their study makes to studies of legal consciousness and to social and legal policy. They indicate that their research reveals how LGBT individuals frame their access to the creation and maintenance of families; the legal, social, and geographic obstacles to those goals; and their responses and reactions to those obstacles. The authors find that individual factors such as demographics and familial desires; mediating factors such as social networks, legal actors, and organizations; and legal context all interact with cultural discourses about the law in order to shape LGBT parents’ legal consciousness. Their findings thus illustrate that there is no single experience of LGBT parents with regard to legality. Their legal consciousness as part of the parenting process is as varied and contextual as the legal and sociopolitical environments in which they reside.

Keywords:   legal consciousness, LGBT parents, legal context, demographics, legal policy

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