'Pretended familes' and the local state in Britain and the USA

Lind, Craig (1996) 'Pretended familes' and the local state in Britain and the USA. International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, 10 (2). pp. 134-158. ISSN 1360-9939

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British and American local governments are involved in the legal regulation of the family. While the local state in both jurisdictions has no obvious role in defining the `family each is, by gradual proactive redefinition, affecting social and legal perceptions of this fundamental social unit. This trend is most noticeable in the encroaching development of legitimate lesbian and gay (`pretended) families, particularly in an increasing number of American local jurisdictions. This article sets out to explore the different legal and constitutional cultures that operate in the UK and the USA which may dictate the contribution that the local state is able to make in this process of redefinition. It asserts that the centralist ideology operating in the UK is responsible for impeding the kind of progress in evidence in the USA. That progress is reflected not only in the myriad local statutes that recognise lesbian and gay relationships, but also in the extent of the national debate on the issue of lesbian and gay marriage. `A local authority shall not promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Depositing User: Craig Lind
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:17
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2012 13:14
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/19931
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