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Recognizing Ourselves
Author: Ellen Lewin

ISBN: 9780231103930
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 17 October 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.2 x 2.2
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In April 1993, as part of the March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation, hundreds of couples participated in "the Wedding," a symbolic commitment ceremony held in front of the Internal Revenue Service building. Part protest and part affirmation of devotion, the event was a reminder that marriage rights have become a major issue among lesbians and gay men, who cannot marry legally and can only claim domestic partner rights in a few locations in the United States. Yet despite official lack of recognition, same-sex wedding ceremonies have been increasing in frequency over the past decade.

Ellen Lewin, who has consecrated her own lesbian relationship with a commitment ceremony, decided to explore the myriad ways in which lesbians and gay men create meaningful ceremonies for themselves. She offers the first comprehensive account of lesbian and gay weddings in modern America. A series of richly detailed profiles -- the result of extensive interviews and participation in the planning and realization of many of these commitment rituals -- is woven together to show how new traditions, and ultimately new families, are emerging...

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