Same-Sex Marriage: A Reference Handbook

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Glossary

adelphopoiesis A ceremony practiced by a number of early Christian sects in which two individuals, usually men, were joined in marriage-like relationships.

amicus curiae A person or organization that offers information and advice to a court about a legal issue in which the person or organization is not directly involved.

antimiscegenation law A law that prohibits the marriage of two people of different races. Antimiscegnation laws in the United States were considered to be constitutional until 1967.

artificial insemination The introduction of a man’s semen into a woman’s uterus by some method other than sexual intercourse.

bisexual A term that refers to acts, fantasies, or feelings that involve individuals of either sex. People who call themselves bisexual experience an erotic interest in both men and women, although not necessarily to an equal extent.

civil rights Personal rights guaranteed to all citizens, usually as the result of some defining document, such as the U.S. Constitution.

civil union A legally sanctioned relationship between two individuals of the same or opposite sex who are not otherwise allowed to marry under laws of the state. See alsodomestic partnership; registered partnership.

domestic partners Two individuals who are not legally married to each other but who do live together and share their lives together, sometimes in a legally sanctioned relationship known as a civil union, domestic partnership, or registered partnership.

domestic partnership A legally sanctioned relationship between two individuals of the same or opposite sex who are not otherwise allowed to marry under laws of the state. The term is used most commonly in the United States. See alsocivil union; registered partnership.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iv
  • Contents ix
  • Preface xiii
  • 1 - Background and History 1
  • 2 - Problems, Controversies, and Solutions 31
  • 3 - Worldwide Perspective 81
  • 4 - Chronology 111
  • 5 - Biographical Sketches 133
  • 6 - Documents and Data 157
  • 7 - Organizations 199
  • 8 - Resources 227
  • Glossary 269
  • Index 273
  • About the Author 297
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