Gretchen Stiers has talked with scores of gay and lesbian couples. She has delved into their personal feelings about their relationships and how they define them. At a time when the gay and lesbian community is transforming itself from a community many once conceived of as composed of singles, to a community increasingly composed of families with and without children, From This Day Forward presents an up-to-date look at gay and lesbian lifestyles and shows the complexity of community life at the end of the twentieth century.
What Stiers finds is surprising: Lesbian women and gay men who advocate inclusion in the institutions of marriage and family both accept and resist traditional conceptions of marriage and family life, providing another variation of what it really means to be a family.
Provocative and revealing, From This Day Forward is a book that will be read by lesbian women, gay men, their families, their ministers, their priests, their rabbis, and anyone interested in their lives.