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Joan Wallach Scott

The debates on the PaCS in France have occasioned an outpouring of opinion about the nature of families. Particularly vexing has been the question of the status of same-sex couples. For purposes of inheritance and other legal questions, same-sex partnerships may be recognized as “unions” governed by certain contractual arrangements, but the line has been drawn at calling these unions “families” because of the question of children. All manner of expert testimony has been brought to bear on the matter of “lineage” and “kinship,” most of it seeking to prove that there is something either unnatural, culturally deviant, and/or psychologically damaging about children being born to or raised by two parents of the same sex.

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Kim Knibbe, Brenda Bartelink, Jelle Wiering, Karin B. Neutel, Marian Burchardt and Joan Wallach Scott