Ius gentium (Dordrecht, Netherlands) ; v. 42. 1534-6781.
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Introduction / Macarena Sáez And the story comes to an end : the constitutionality of same-sex marriages in Spain / José María Lorenzo Villaverde Same-sex unions in Mexico : between text and doctrine / Estefania Vela Barba Same-sex marriage in the United States : the new protection to marriage / Macarena Sáez Marriage between two : changing and unchanging concepts of family : the case of LGBTI rights litigation on family issues in Colombia / Natalia Ramírez-Bustamante Same-sex relationships and Israeli law / Ayelet Blecher-Prigat Same-sex marriage in the Commonwealth Caribbean : is it possible? / Toni Holness Legal status of same-sex couples within the framework of Turkish civil law / Başak Başoğlu.
"This book shows six different realities of same-sex families. They range from full recognition of same-sex marriage to full invisibility of gay and lesbian individuals and their families. The broad spectrum of experiences presented in this book share some commonalities: in all of them legal scholars and civil society are moving legal boundaries or thinking of spaces within rigid legal systems for same-sex families to function. In all of them there have been legal claims to recognize the existence of same-sex families. The difference between them lies in the response of courts. Regardless of the type of legal system, when courts have viewed claims of same-sex couples and their families as problems of individual rights, they have responded with a constitutional narrative protecting same-sex couples and their families. When courts respond to these claims with rigid concepts of what a family is and what marriage is as if legal concepts where unmodifiable, same-sex couples have remained outside the protection of the law. Until forty years ago marriage was the only union considered legitimate to form a family. Today more than 30 countries have granted rights to same sex couples, including several that have opened up marriage to couples of the same sex. Every day there is a new bill being discussed or a new claim being brought to courts seeking formal recognition of same sex couples. Not all countries are open to changing their legal structures to accommodate same-sex couples, but even those with no visible changes are witnessing new voices in their communities challenging the status quo and envisioning more flexible legal systems"--Back cover.
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