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Winter 2011 UWP 101 "California Adoption Law." Working For Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equal Rights . Human Rights Campaign, 8 Dec. 2009. Web. 20 May 2011. <http://www.hrc.org/issues/parenting/adoptions/377.htm>. This is a human rights websites that contains accurate laws and legislation listings for California. It also contains different elections and decisions on specific laws. Its main goal is to inform the public by opening each law with a common question and then answering it in depth. The site references different cases that were involved in making the final ruling, as well specific code regulation numbers. The adoption law states that as of 2003 the state Supreme Court ruled that single lesbian and gay individuals along with lesbian and gay couples could petition to adopt a child. The topic of my paper concerns the effect gay and lesbian parents have on children they raise. Naturally it has to be legal in order for my paper to be relevant. Since I am arguing that lesbian and gay relations have no drastic effect on the values instilled in a child while being raised, it is important to have solid evidence that a court of highly ranked officials also saw no problem allowing it. Coontz, Stephanie. The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap . New York, NY: Basic, 1992. Print. The author of this book has a Bachelor of Art degree in American History from the University of California, Berkeley. She has written 5 books that have been translated to many different languages, and also had articles published in the New York Times, The Observer/Guardian, The Times of London, Wall Street Journal, Salon, Washington Post, Newsweek, Harper's, Vogue, LIFE, Time-LIFE Books, and Mirabella, as well as articles in academic and professional journals. She has won numerous awards relating to her work and Coontz now teaches history and family studies at the Evergreen State College
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in Washington and is Director of Research and Public Education for the Council on Contemporary Families. In Coontz’s book she goes in depth about the “traditional family” that everyone idealizes and pictures when they hear the word family. In the first chapter of her book she uses the example of one of her family history classes and describes an assignment she gives to her students where she tells them to “write down what comes to mind when they think of the ‘traditional family’” (8). She receives a variety of responses that have to do with “nurturing mothers shelter[ing] their children” and “men and women remain[ing] chaste
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