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Legalizing LGBT Families: How the Law Shapes Parenthood

Amanda K. Baumle and D'Lane R. Compton


The decision to have a child is seldom a simple one, often fraught with complexities regarding emotional readiness, finances, marital status, and compatibility with life and career goals. Rarely, though, do individuals consider the role of the law in facilitating or inhibiting their ability to have a child or to parent. For LGBT individuals, however, parenting is saturated with legality—including the initial decision of whether to have a child, how to have a child, whether one’s relationship with their child will be recognized, and everyday acts of parenting like completing forms or picking up ... More

Keywords: LGBT parents, family law, legal context

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781479857647
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479857647.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amanda K. Baumle, author
University of Houston

D'Lane R. Compton, author