Same Sex Marriage: Selected Resources

Compiled by John Bradford, Villa Park Public Library, Villa Park, Illinois

This material was part of the Families Like Ours presentation at the ALA Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida, June 2004.

Historical, Moral, and Legal Arguments

Bourassa, Kevin and Varnell, Joe. Just Married: Gay Marriage and the Expansion of Human Rights. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2002.

Cabaj, Robert P. and Purcell, David, editors. On the Road to Same-Sex Marriage: A Supportive Guide to Psychological, Political, and Legal Issues. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1998.

Curry, Hayden; Clifford, Denis; and Hertz, Frederick. A Legal Guide for Lesbian and Gay Couples, 12th Edition. Berkeley, CA: Nolo Press, 2004.

Ellison, Marvin Mahan. Same Sex Marriage?: A Christian Ethical Analysis. Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2004.

Eskridge, William. The Case for Same-Sex Marriage: From Sexual Liberty to Civilized Commitment. New York: Free Press, 1996.

Eskridge, William. Equality Practice: Civil Unions and the Future of Gay Rights. New York: Routledge, 2002.

Gerstmann, Evan. Same-Sex Marriage and the Constitution. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Graff, E.J. What Is Marriage For? Boston: Beacon Press, 1999.

Kotulski, Davina. Why You Should Give a Damn About Gay Marriage. Los Angeles: Alyson Books, 2004.

Marcus, Eric. Together Forever: Gay and Lesbian Marriage. New York: Doubleday, 1998.

Moats, David. Civil Wars: A Battle for Gay Marriage. Orlando: Harcourt, 2004.

Rauch, Jonathan. Gay Marriage: Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America. New York: Times Books/Henry Holt and Co., 2004.

Strasser, Mark. On Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions, and the Rule of Law: Constitutional Interpretation at the Crossroads. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2002.

Sullivan, Andrew, editor, and Landau, Joseph, research assistant. Same-Sex Marriage: Pro and Con: A Reader. New York: Vintage Books, 1997.

Wardle, Lynn D.; Strasser, Mark; Duncan, William; and Coolidge, David Orgon, editors. Marriage and Same-Sex Unions : A Debate. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2003.

Wolfson, Evan. Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People’s Right to Marriage. Riverside, NJ: Simon & Schuster, 2004.

Building and Maintaining Relationships

Berzon, Betty. The Intimacy Dance: A Guide to Long-Term Success in Gay and Lesbian Relationships. New York: Dutton, 1996.

Berzon, Betty. Permanent Partners: Building Gay and Lesbian Relationships That Last. New York : E.P. Dutton, 1988.

Clunis, D. Merilee and Green, G. Dorsey. Lesbian Couples: A Guide to Creating Healthy Relationships, 3rd ed. Seattle: Seal Press, 2000.

Marcus, Eric. Male Couple's Guide: Finding a Man, Making a Home, Building a Life, 3rd ed. New York: HarperCollins, 1999.

Stiers, Gretchen. From This Day Forward: Commitment, Marriage and Family in Lesbian and Gay Relationships. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999.

Planning the Ceremony

Ayers, Tess and Brown, Paul. The Essential Guide to Lesbian and Gay Weddings. Los Angeles: Alyson Books, 1999.

Kaldera, Raven and Schwartzstein, Tannin. Handfasting and Wedding Rituals: Welcoming Hera’s Blessing. St Paul, Minn.: Llewellyn Publications, 2003.

Martinac, Paula. The Lesbian and Gay Book of Love and Marriage: Creating the Stories of Our Lives. New York: Broadway Books, 1998.

Ross-MacDonald, Jane. Alternative Weddings: An Essential Guide for Creating Your Own Ceremonies. Dallas, TX: Taylor, 1997.

Toussaint,David and Leo, Heather. Gay and Lesbian Weddings : Planning the Perfect Same-Sex Ceremony. New York: Ballantine, 2004.

Online Resources

Wikipedia: Same-Sex Marriage

Queer Wedding Webring

Same-Sex Marriage: A Selective Bibliography of the Legal Literature

Marriage Equality

Partners Task Force on Gay Marriage

Freedom to Marry