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Published in Great Plains Research 19.1 (Spring 2009): 140-141. © 2009 Copyright by the Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Queer Inclusions is a fascinating and well-written comparative examination of the politics of sexual diversity in Canada and the United States. David Rayside focuses on how political and legal issues affecting gay and lesbian relationship recognition, parenting, and schooling have played out in these two countries over the last decade. The author, who is not a lawyer, does an excellent job reviewing law reform processes and outcomes in an accurate yet not overly technical manner. His reliance on a variety of methodological techniques makes for a solid, well-tested analysis. In particular, I found his comparative analyses on the influence of religious beliefs and the impact of differences in legislative decision making in the two countries extremely interesting.