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Adoption by Lesbians and Gay MenA New Dimension in Family Diversity$
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David M. Brodzinsky and Adam Pertman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195322606

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195322606.001.0001

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Emerging Diversity in Family Life

Emerging Diversity in Family Life

Adoption by Gay and Lesbian Parents

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(p.20) 2 Emerging Diversity in Family Life
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Adoption by Lesbians and Gay Men
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Adam Pertman

Jeanne Howard

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195322606.003.0017

This chapter discusses changes that have occurred in the American family over the past few decades. We have witnessed a radical reduction in the social stigmas against nontraditional families associated with divorce, single parenthood, interracial marriage, and nonbiological parent–child relationships. The result is a growth in the diversity of families—from ones in which children are raised by single parents, stepparents, grandparents, and parents of different races or ethnicities, to ones with parents who are lesbian or gay, or who are foster parents, adoptive parents, and even parents whose families have been created through artificial reproductive techniques such as egg and sperm donation, surrogacy, and, most recently, embryo transfers.

Keywords:   American family, family life, gay and lesbian adoption, family forms

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