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Same-Sex Marriage

by Kevin Alderson & Kathleen Lahey

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gay studies
list price: $21.95
category: Social Science
published: 2004
publisher: Insomniac Press

In the past three years, Canada has witnessed landmark court rulings in Ontario, B.C. and Quebec making it legal for gay men and lesbian women to marry. Legislation in the Netherlands and Belgium have also extended marriage to same-sex couples. Legal challenges before the U.S. courts in Hawaii, Vermont, Massachusetts, Oregon and California have had the same goal in mind. The same-sex marriage phenomenon is characterized on the one hand by intense personal joys and on the other by long-standing activism and historic legal reasoning.

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Kevin Alderson

Dr. Kevin Alderson is an associate professor of counselling psychology at the University of Calgary. He has practiced psychology for twenty-five years. He is editor of the Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy and has recently co-authored the first Canadian edition of Counselling: A Comprehensive Profession. Dr. Alderson belongs to the Canadian Federation of Clinical Hypnosis, the Canadian Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Association.
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Kathleen Lahey

Kathleen A. Lahey was the lawyer for three of the B.C. couples who won the right to marry from the B.C. Court of Appeal as of July 8, 2003. She is the author of Are We 'Persons' Yet? Law and Sexuality in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 1999), and has published and consulted on a wide range of legal issues relating to equality and human rights. The founding editor of the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, she has also served on various advisory boards, including the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee of the Ontario Bar Association, Egale Canada, the Ontario Advisory Council on Women's Issues, and the Ontario Fair Tax Commission. She lives in Kingston, Ontario, where she is a professor at Queen's University Faculty of Law.
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