Reveals the dark side of popular nostalgia for 1950s family forms & provides a road map to new possibilities for family life. She exposes the misconceptions behind the successful cultural crusade to convince the public of the superiority of the traditional 2-parent family. Children s welfare depends not on living with married, biological parents, but on the quality of family relationships. Offers powerful arguments for accepting family diversity. Also makes a strong new case for legal gay marriage, showing how the millions of gay & lesbian parents & the rest of us would benefit in many ways from the legal acknowledgment of their families.