|TImely Book Review
||[Aug. 9th, 2009|03:12 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
In my mail from earlier this evening (but after my previous post) is a review of When Gay People Get Married: What Happens When Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage by M V Badgett called "Same Sex, Different Continent" - a review by Sal Renshaw.
An excerpt from the review:
Amid the intense controversy still surrounding same-sex marriage in the U.S., M.V. Lee Badgett speaks in a refreshingly tempered voice. Drawing on European precedents, particularly in the Netherlands and Denmark, her research tells us what many of us already knew: The skies don't fall when gay couples attain the right to marry, and heterosexual marriage doesn't lose its luster. Since the first wave of the marriage equality movement in Europe, which began in 1989 with the Danish acceptance of civil unions and saw the Dutch allow same-sex couples to marry in 2001, there has been no appreciable difference in wedding rates among heterosexuals.