"With her freshman book, law professor Polikoff, who has taught, litigated and written about family law, civil procedure and sexuality for more than 30 years, deftly argues that the law’s narrow definitions of “family” and “marriage” no longer work in today’s society—not just for the LGBT community but the country at large. With many households following untraditional family models, Polikoff says, we need to look at ways the law can change to value all families beyond those created by marriage, including same and different-sexed, married and unmarried couples. Polikoff draws on legal history and contemporary (often eye-opening) court cases to make her argument. Topics such as inheritance, tax consequences, workers’ compensation death benefits, social security, probate, adoption and health care, plus their impact on the diversity of today’s “family units” are simplified for the reader. Polikoff wades through legislation and legalese with style and substance, plus a touch of flair. Impeccably researched, the book offers an evocative read that takes in the full breadth of the issues affecting marriages and avoids pedantry while remaining persuasive."
Publishers Weekly (October 19, 2007).
“Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage is the book many have been waiting for. It provides an alternative vision to the promotion of marriage, whether heterosexual or same-sex. It proposes changes in the way we think about marriage, about social structures, and about law. For those who have asked the question, “If not marriage, then what?” Nancy Polikoff provides answers worth contemplation and implementation.”
Ruthann Robson, Women’s Review of Books, July/August 2008
“Cunningly argued, Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage is enthusiastically recommended for any social issues or gay issues community library shelves or for anyone who wants a differing opinion on the marriage issue.”
Wisconsin Bookwatch, May 2008
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Watch Nancy Polikoff deliver the Roger S Aaron Lecture at Dartmouth College April 28, 2009.
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