Lesbian and Gay Adopters

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Material Information

Title:
Lesbian and Gay Adopters Analyses of States' Social Context and Legal Policies
Physical Description:
1 online resource (167 p.)
Language:
english
Creator:
Duncan, Melanie L
Publisher:
University of Florida
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Doctorate ( Ph.D.)
Degree Grantor:
University of Florida
Degree Disciplines:
Sociology, Sociology and Criminology & Law
Committee Chair:
SHEHAN,CONSTANCE L
Committee Co-Chair:
KOROPECKYJ-COX,TATYANA M
Committee Members:
HASEL,LISA E
ZSEMBIK,BARBARA ANN
KING,SHANI MAHIRI

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
adoption -- law -- lgbt
Sociology and Criminology & Law -- Dissertations, Academic -- UF
Genre:
Sociology thesis, Ph.D.
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract:
Same-sex marriage debates have brought attention to the social and legal issues that lesbians and gay men face. However, less attention has been given to the ability of lesbians and gay men to adopt children. This study investigated the variation between states regarding their legal policies and social context toward lesbians and gay men as adopters. Based on a review of the literature and state laws, a typology of state policies toward lesbians and gay men adopting and marrying was constructed. From this typology, states were categorized into these types and selected for in-depth case studies. Four states (California, Connecticut, Mississippi, and Utah) were selected for in-depth case studies of their legal policies and social context pertaining to lesbian and gay couples adopting and marrying. Case studies covered the changes in social context and legal policies in a given state from January 1990 to December 2013. The date range encompassed the majority of movement that had been made with regards to adoption and relationship recognition policies pertaining to lesbians and gay couples. States were analyzed for patterns in their adoption policies and similarities/differences to other states. The case studies revealed that the states with more favorable policies toward same-sex couples adopting and marrying required more steps and time to establish their stances. The states that were not in favor of same-sex couples adopting and marrying took very firm and decisive stances on their policies by only requiring one step to establish their perspectives. States will take different paths to achieve their stance on same-sex couples adopting; however, there does appear to be a relationship between adoption and marriage that should be explored further in future research.
General Note:
In the series University of Florida Digital Collections.
General Note:
Includes vita.
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page.
Source of Description:
This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The University of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Melanie L Duncan.
Thesis:
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Florida, 2014.
Local:
Adviser: SHEHAN,CONSTANCE L.
Local:
Co-adviser: KOROPECKYJ-COX,TATYANA M.
Electronic Access:
RESTRICTED TO UF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE UNTIL 2016-05-31

Record Information

Source Institution:
UFRGP
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved.
Classification:
lcc - LD1780 2014
System ID:
UFE0046578:00001