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Same-sex Marriage
The Personal and the Political

by Kathleen Lahey and Kevin Alderson

Book CoverSame-Sex Marriage: The Personal and the Political (Insomniac Press, April 24, 2004) is the first book about Canadian gay and lesbian marriage in the country.

The day the Ontario Court of Appeal issued its decision recognizing same-sex marriage was the culmination of decades of work by gay rights activists, the fulfillment of a dream for thousands of gay and lesbian couples and the invitation for gay rights activists around the world to challenge their own countries' prohibitions against same-sex marriage. This book presents an in-depth look at contemporary same-sex marriage, documents the activism and legal victoris that made this issue front-page news, as well as the stories of couples who have married.

At the heart of Same-Sex Marriage is how we define our civil liberties: what is the distinction between hetero and homosexual legal unions, between interpretation of religious and civil law, and society's definition of "family". The authors explore these issues through their individual strengths as legal expert and psychologist. Chronlogically, Lahey presents the legal history and case that stand as milestones which have defined new legislation in several countries, states and provinces. Alderson reveals the experiences of 16 gay couples who, in their own words, tell us about their lives as individuals, as parents, as activists, as gays or lesbians, as members of society, and as married persons.

Same-sex couples outside Ontario, B.C., Massachusetts and San Francisco continue to struggle to be legally recognized as married couples. Interviews, current events, and historical data inform the personal and political stories of Same-Sex Marriage. From these stories emerge a comprehensive portrait of a long, hard fought battle in courts and communities throughout North America and Europe to achieve equality and human dignity.

Anyone seeking to fully inform themselves on the issue of same-sex marriage will find Same-Sex Marriage an excellent text to study. Written in a easy style, the issue is explored in detail with an excellent analysis of arguments for and against same-sex marriage. An extensive bibliography is included.

Same-Sex Marriage: The Personal and the Political
by Kathleen Lahey and Kevin Alderson
Published by Insomniac Press April 24, 2004
ISBN: 1-894663-63-2
384 pages $21.95 trade paperback

The authors

Kathleen Lahey was a lawyer for three years of the couples who won the right to marry from the B.C. Court of Appeal on July 8, 2003. She is the author of Are We 'Persons' Yet? Law and Sexuality in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 1999) and founding editor of Canadian Journal of Women and the Law. She lives in Kingston, Ontario, where she is a professor of law at Queen's University.

Kevin Alderson is an assistant professor of counselling p[sychology at the University of Calgary. He has published two previous books, Beyond Coming Out: Experiences of Positive Gay Identity (Insomniac Press, 2000) and Breaking Out: The Complete Guide to Building and Enhancing a Positive Gay Identity for Men and Women (Insomniac Press, 2002).