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Current Trends in the Regulation of Same-Sex Relationships

Current Trends in the Regulation of Same-Sex Relationships

Edited by Paula Gerber and Adiva Sifris


This volume focuses on same-sex relationships and contains articles on:

  • the historical context of the same-sex marriage debate in Australia;
  • the approaches taken to achieve same-sex marriage internationallly in the past decade and the factors which have been influential;
  • the particular case of South Africa, which has legislated a right to same-sex marriage despite the country’s conservative and oppressive history;
  • the geographical spread of same-sex couples in Australia, including variations by gender and by dependent children;
  • lesbian and gay foster carers in Australia;
  • the best interest of children; and
  • the ‘pull and push’ effect in the relationshp between law and society in the achievement of law reform.

Current Trends in the Regulation of Same-Sex Relationships is a special issue (Volume 28 No 1) of the journal Law in Context. You can purchase a single copy of this issue through this page, or subscribe to the journal from the journal page.


Foreword - The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG
The Wind of Change is Blowing
Paula Gerber and Adiva Sifris
Lesbian Parenting in Australia: Demosprudence and Legal Change
Adiva Sifris
The Best Interests of Children in Same-Sex Families
Paula Gerber
The Geography of Same-Sex Families in Australia: Implications for Regulatory Regimes
Andrew Gorman-Murray and Chris Brennan-Horley
Pragmatic Imbalances: Australian Lesbian and Gay Foster Carers Negotiating the Current Legal Context
Damien W Riggs
The Social Construction of Marriage in Australia: Implications for Same-Sex Unions
Charlotte Frew
Same-Sex Marriage: A Worldwide Trend?
Jamie Gardiner
The Right to Same-Sex Marriage in South Africa
Jacqueline Heaton

Published 6 April 2011
Publisher The Federation Press
ISBN 9781862878334
Australian RRP $49.95
International Price $45.00
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