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Same-Sex Families and Legal Recognition in Europe


  • This open access book provides a comparative analysis of the legal situation for same-sex partners in Europe

  • Provides a demographic analysis of registration of same-sex couples in Europe

  • Includes a sociological analysis of LGBT families in Europe

Part of the book series: European Studies of Population (ESPO, volume 24)

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction – LGBT Questions and the Family

    • Marie Digoix
    Pages 1-9Open Access
  3. Same-Sex Couples and Their Legalization in Europe: Laws and Numbers

    • Clara Cortina, Patrick Festy
    Pages 45-71Open Access
  4. Same-Sex Families Challenging Norms and the Law in France

    • Matthias Thibeaud
    Pages 95-115Open Access
  5. Postface. After Legal Recognition

    • Wilfried Rault
    Pages 155-174Open Access
  6. Back Matter

    Pages 175-178

About this book

This open access book focuses on family diversity from a legal, demographical and sociological perspective. It investigates what is at stake in the life of homosexuals in the field of family formation, parenting and parenthood, what it brings to everyday life, the support of the law, and what its absence implies. The book shows the paths leading to the adoption of laws while demographic analyses concentrate on the link between registration of same-sex marriages and same-sex parenting with a detailed focus on Spain. The sociological chapters in this book, based upon qualitative surveys in France, Iceland and Italy, underline how the importance of the legal structure influenced the daily life of homosexual families. As such this book is an interesting read to lawyers, demographers, sociologists, behavioural scientists, and all those working in the field.


  • Homosexuality
  • Family law
  • Equal rights
  • Homoparentality/same-sex families
  • Same-sex marriage
  • Open access

Editors and Affiliations

  • French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED), Paris, France

    Marie Digoix

About the editor

Marie Digoix

Social historian at INED (French Institute for Demographic Studies) in the Gender, Sexuality and Inequalities Research Unit. Graduate from Sorbonne University in Humanities (Scandinavian civilisation) and History (National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO). Her research focuses on the evolution of family law in the Nordic countries, including gender and sexual equality, family relationships and intimate life in Iceland. She is/has been the coordinator of the historians’ network of “States regulation of intimate life” and various projects regarding Sexual orientation, individuals and the family.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)