Advance Praise for Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage
"This book really matters. It is brilliant and thoughtful - not simply about a set of laws, it is a manifesto to transform the way we understand, recognize, and respect the reality of our diverse and complex family compositions. Polikoff grounds her arguments in the thirty-five-year history of social change activism in this country to construct a passionate and nuanced argument for expanding our same-sex marriage activism to include all of the ways people love, form families, and build community."
--- AMBER HOLLIBAUGH, senior strategist, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force,
author of My Dangerous Desires: A Queer Girl Dreaming Her Way Home
"Passionate but completely grounded in reality. Polikoff challenges LGBT rights advocates to see beyond gay equality arguments and question the fundamental fairness of limiting family recognition based on marriage, gay or straight. It is a powerful call for social justice."
"Polikoff mobilizes an impressive array of legal history and contemporary court cases to show how marriage, whether same-sex or heterosexual, has ceased to be the only place where people incur long-term obligations. She argues vigorously that our society needs to find new ways of determining when legally enforceable responsibilities and entitlements have accrued in interpersonal relationships."
"A provocative and perspicuous intervention in one of the most devilish recent debates in U.S. law and politics. In a principled yet pragmatic analysis Polikoff mounts a compelling case against the continued grip of 'conjugalism' on our family law and policy. Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage challenges us to imagine and build a political consensus that respects the realities of contemporary American kinship and family life, in all its complexity."
--- KENDALL THOMAS, Nash Professor of Law, Columbia University