The Right To Be Parents

LGBT Families and the Transformation of Parenthood
The Right To Be Parents: LGBT Families and the Transformation of Parenthood. New York Univ. May 2012. c.272p. photogs. index. ISBN 9780814739303. $35. LAW
In this latest contribution to a growing body of work dealing with legal issues involving sexual orientation and gender identity, leading scholar Ball (law, Rutgers Univ.; From the Closet to the Courtroom: Five LGBT Rights Lawsuits That Have Changed Our Nation) considers the subject of legal recognition of LGBTQ parental rights. Through a series of case profiles, Ball provides an analysis in support of gay parents and argues that the legal standard of ruling in the best interests of children should be determined without consideration of the sexual preferences of the parents and solely with regard to "parental competence" as determined by the ability to meet the "responsibilities of parenthood."
VERDICT Ball provides a solid reference for both those arguing in favor of LGBTQ parental rights and those seeking to understand the legal arguments advanced by those advocating for them. Recommended.
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