Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage: Valuing All Families by Nancy D. Polikoff

By Nancy D. Polikoff

The talk over marriage equality for same-sex rages around the nation. past (Straight and homosexual) Marriage boldly strikes the dialogue ahead by means of concentrating on the bigger, extra primary factor of marriage and the legislations. the foundation challenge, asserts legislations professor and LGBT rights activist Nancy Polikoff, is that marriage is a shiny dividing line among these relationships that legally topic and people who do not. a lady married to a guy for 9 months is entitled to Social safety survivor's merits whilst he dies; a girl dwelling for nineteen years with a guy or girl to whom she isn't really married gets nothing.Polikoff reframes the controversy by way of arguing that every one relatives relationships and families want the commercial balance and emotional peace of brain that now expand simply to married undefined. single of any sexual orientation, single-parent families, devices, and myriad different familial configurations want attractiveness and security to fulfill the worries all of them proportion: construction and maintaining monetary and emotional interdependence, and nurturing the subsequent iteration. must have the alternative to marry according to the religious, cultural, or non secular which means of marriage of their lives, asserts Polikoff. whereas marriage equality for same-sex is a civil rights victory, she contends that not anyone must have to marry in an effort to obtain particular and particular felony effects. A persuasive argument that married are not obtain precise rights denied to different households, Polikoff exhibits how the legislation can worth all households, and why it needs to.

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Stanley had a constitutional right to raise his children; marriage was irrelevant. With this case, the Court overturned centuries of law that created a father-child relationship only for a man married to a child’s mother. ³¹ A 1973 decision limited the government’s ability to deny benefits to households with unmarried parents. New Jersey Welfare Rights Organization v. ³² The trial court ruled in favor of the state. It determined that the state could favor married families because such families provided norms, preventing a breakdown in social control.

His work led to the Uniform Parentage Act, written between 1969 and 1972. It was adopted in some form in nineteen states, and it greatly influenced new laws in every state. In less than a decade, the legal doctrine of illegitimacy had all but disappeared. Acceptance of Sex outside Marriage During this same period, another series of Supreme Court cases directly addressed nonmarital sex. In a 1968 case, King v. ³³ The Supreme Court noted that moral fitness had once been a requirement of receiving aid.

Demand for divorce also increased. S. ” The idea behind fault-based divorce was that divorce should be the exception, not the rule, and should be available at the option of the “innocent” party only. One spouse’s fault not only gave the other grounds for divorce, it also to a large extent determined the consequences of divorce. Adultery was a ground for divorce everywhere. Although in the midtwentieth century a “tender years presumption” meant that mothers of young children would be awarded custody if there was a divorce, this only held true if they were without fault.

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