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Justifying Same-Sex Marriage: A Philosophical Investigation

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Richardson-Self, LV, Justifying Same-Sex Marriage: A Philosophical Investigation, Rowman and Littlefield, London, pp. 192. ISBN 9781783483211 (2015) [Authored Research Book]

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Abstract

There is massive public interest in same-sex marriage, a controversial topic that is rarely out of the media. This book investigates the extent to which legalizing same-sex marriage can contribute to ending the discrimination and social stigma faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender men and women (LGBT) in the Western world. This issue breaks down into several further questions: can marriage equality be defended without reinforcing the idea that marriage is the most/only valuable form of intimate relationship? Can marriage equality be defended without further marginalizing non-conforming LGBT people? What kind of equality should LGBT people strive for? What critical agency might they lose when this equality is achieved? What institutional legacies should we embrace? The book focuses on human rights arguments supporting same-sex marriage and questions whether they are likely to both justify legal change and encourage shifts in the sociopolitical reception of LGBT people. After critically analyzing various arguments in favor of same-sex marriage, the author puts forward a justification that allows for marriage equality and does not result in the assimilation of queer identities into heteronormative identity.

Item Details

Item Type:Authored Research Book
Keywords:Gender Studies, Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Social Philosophy, Gender and Sexuality, LGBT Issues
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Feminist Theory
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Religion and Ethics
Objective Field:Social Ethics
Author:Richardson-Self, LV (Dr Louise Richardson-Self)
ID Code:102245
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Humanities
Deposited On:2015-08-06
Last Modified:2017-10-31
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