Canadian Journal of Family Law


Malcolm Dort

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This is the first legal study in Canada on same-sex adoption law, adoption administrative practice, and the social realities of parenting as experienced specifically by same-sex male couples. This paper identifies a gap in existing legal literature and jurisprudence with respect to the adoption narratives of same-sex male couples. Next, focusing on the province of Québec, it offers insight into how legal rules and social expectations construct families headed by such couples. It also highlights how, post-adoption, same-sex male couples conceive of their own families in a legal and social environment that continues to privilege heterosexual family models. Contradictorily, by entering societal discourse as committed couples who create families, these men reproduce aspects of an idealized heterosexual, two-parent family model.