February 13th, 2008

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upcoming lgbt legal readings / forums in California

Those of you in the SF Bay Area should definitely catch this reading by lgbt family law attorney Nancy Polikoff. She's brilliant, and not often on the west coast.

No matter your personal position on marriage, this book likely will change the way you think about the hierarchies of relationships and the ways in which we participate in them.


1730 Fourth Street, Berkeley
510-559-9500

FEBRUARY 14, 2008 7:00 P.M.

NANCY POLIKOFF DISCUSSES AND SIGNS:

BEYOND (STRAIGHT AND GAY) MARRIAGE:
VALUING ALL FAMILIES UNDER THE LAW




Polikoff wades through legislation and legalese with style and substance, plus a touch of flair. Impeccably researched…
--Publishers Weekly

“Marriage as a family form is not more important or valuable than other forms of family,” writes gay rights activist and American University law professor Nancy Polikoff, “so the law should not give it more value."

Polikoff criticizes the conservative “marriage movement” for blaming all social problems on the decline of life-long heterosexual marriage. She also takes issue with the gay rights "marriage-equality movement" for attributing the legal problems facing same-sex couples to the inability to marry, rather than to the “special rights” inappropriately granted married couples.

When marriage serves as the bright dividing line between those relationships that legally matter and those that do not, Polikoff notes, countless families suffer. Her valuing-all-families solution is true to the feminist roots of the gay rights movements and consistent with decades-old legal changes that have made marriage matter less.

www.beyondstraightandgaymarriage.com

* * Also!

Polikoff and many others (Matt Foreman, Kate Kendell, Nan Hunter)will be in LA on Feb 22Collapse )