In the 21st century, the typical family is far more diverse then it was 50 years ago. The idea that households largely consist of married heterosexual couples raising biological children is no longer an acceptable assumption. The legally accepted definition of family today includes anyone who plays a significant role in a person’s life. This can include spouses, significant others, and either same-sex or different-sex partners. Additionally, aunts, stepchildren, grandparents, and married and/or unmarried people may also be considered part of this new family dynamic. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals are also an integral part of this new cultural fabric. Despite this, a lack of legal protections under the law for LGBT people, couples, and families, as well as negative and inaccurate social ...

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