“In the Best Interests of the Child”: Lesbian and Gay Parenting Custody Cases, 1967–1985

  title={“In the Best Interests of the Child”: Lesbian and Gay Parenting Custody Cases, 1967–1985},
  author={Daniel Rivers},
  journal={Journal of Social History},
  pages={917 - 943}
  • Daniel Rivers
  • Published 17 June 2010
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Social History
This article offer a history of lesbian and gay parenting custody case from 1967 to 1985. Using court transcripts, newspaper articles, and oral histories with key participants, it documents the struggle over definitions of the family that emerged in the gay and lesbian liberation era as women and men left previous heterosexual relationships and were forced to fight for custody or visitation of their children. These legal battles marked the first generation of lesbian and gay parents to openly… 
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