From This Day Forward by Gretchen A. Stiers
Commitment, Marriage, and Family in Lesbian and Gay Relationships

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Gretchen Stiers has talked with scores of gay and lesbian couples, delving into their personal feelings about their relationships and how they define them. At a time when the gay and lesbian community is transforming itself from a community once perceived as being composed of singles to a community increasingly composed of families with and without children, From This Day Forward presents an up-to-date look at gay and lesbian lifestyles and shows the complexity of community life at the end of the twentieth century. What Stiers finds is surprising. Lesbian women and gay men who advocate inclusion in the institutions of marriage and family both accept and resist traditional conceptions of marriage and family life, thereby providing another variation of the idea of what really makes a family. Provocative and revealing, From This Day Forward is a book that will be read by lesbian women, gay men, their families, their ministers, their priests, their rabbis, and anyone interested in their lives.

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Gretchen A. Stiers is Assistant Professor of Sociology at West Virginia University. She lives in Morgantown, West Virginia.
Published December 1, 1998 by St. Martin's Press. 288 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian, Parenting & Relationships, Self Help, Romance. Non-fiction

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Although her sample seems too small and well-educated to use as a basis for broad assertions about lesbian and gay attitudes, Stiers found the results fascinating since, as recently as the 1970s, lesbians and gays ""decried the oppressive nature of marriage in general and advocated that it be abo...

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