New Book Co-Authored by Professor John Culhane Provides Legal Overview for Same-Sex Couples
Web Editor - Published: December 10, 2012
Culhane Same Sex Dummies Book 2012 235 PromoThis book really appealed to me as a way to reach an audience that really needed the information that it provides,” says Professor and Health Law Institute Director John G. Culhane of Same-Sex Legal Kit for Dummies, the new book he co-authored with practicing attorney Carrie Stone.

“It covers virtually every legal issue you can think of that affects same-sex couples: the state of same-sex marriage and relationship recognition law; discrimination laws; creating a family; protecting assets and a same-sex couple's ability to make legal and medical decisions for each other; immigration law; and life in the military,” says Culhane of the book, which was published on November 28th and joins the more than 1,800 publications in the "for Dummies" series.

A prolific writer and commentator on issues of marriage equality and the rights of same-sex couples, Professor Culhane has written more than two dozen articles for legal journals and has been regularly featured in national and local broadcast and print media, including The New York Times, All Things Considered, Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Huffington Post, Dissent, and WHYY television and radio. He is also a contributor to Slate Magazine, where he writes about tort and compensation issues.

An LGBT legal rights activist and co-owner of – the first online legal information and document preparation resource designed specifically to help the LGBT community create vital legal protections – Carrie Stone is also a freelance writer, blogger and podcaster. In 2003, she received an OUT 100 Award for her contribution to LGBT society and culture. She has been featured in the Advocate, Girlfriends and Curve magazines, and on a variety of blogs and e-zines.

Culhane and Stone worked on separate chapters and then edited each other’s work, which Culhane called “an intensely collaborative process.”

“We each brought something different to the book. She's been serving clients with real, practical problems for many years. I have tremendous respect for the work she does with her Rainbow Law website. I provided perspective on the broader legal landscape in which these issues get decided,” Culhane says of the book.

Carrie Stone will join Professor Culhane for a reading and book signing on Saturday, December 15th, at 6:30 p.m. at Giovanni's Room at 12th and Pine in Philadelphia.

Visit or to learn more about the book or to order a copy. The book is available as a paperback or a Kindle eBook.