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March 10th 2015:LGBT Families: Seeking Social Recognition and the 1,138 Benefits that Come With It

LGBT families are a growing part of the evolving family landscape, yet they still must continually negotiate for limited resources while working to legitimize their families. With the Supreme Court set to decide this summer on the question of marriage equality, perhaps the 1,138 benefits afforded married couples will help ease many LGBT families’ struggles. Along with the social recognition of legalized marriage may come other help to LGBT families, including domestic violence support, clear rights for LGBT elders and their partners, and safe haven for LGBT youth. We will discuss Dr. Mezey’s

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Dr. Nancy J. Mezey

Dr. Nancy J. Mezey is an associate dean and a sociology professor at Monmouth University, where she also served as the Director of the Institute for Global Understanding. Her areas of specialization are family sociology, gender studies, the sociology of sexualities, and race-class-gender studies. Her research focuses largely on how historical factors, social inequalities, social activism, and policies shape and affect new family forms. Her latest book, LGBT Families, draws on extensive research to examine the experiences of diverse LGBT families and how heterosexism and homophobia shape family life. Her first book, New Choices, New Families: How Lesbians Decide about Motherhood, is a multi
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