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Same-Sex Marriage: Zero Tolerance

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Richardson-Self, LV, Same-Sex Marriage: Zero Tolerance, Parrhesia: a journal of critical philosophy, 21 pp. 113-124. ISSN 1834-3287 (2014) [Refereed Article]


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Abstract

This article offers a feminist analysis of Rainer Forstís position on same-sex marriage and tolerance. Moreover, it is an attempt to forge philosophical bridges between Forst and the work of Luce Irigaray. I am sympathetic to Forstís argument that same-sex marriage is owed to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender men and women (LGBT) as a matter of right. However, I take issue with Forstís characterisation of same-sex marriage as something to be tolerated by non-supporters. This is because tolerance does not require, let alone encourage, a perspectival change in the agent; and yet, there is no rational basis on which to oppose same-sex marriage. The maintenance of prejudicial attitudes is likely to contribute to the ongoing social discrimination that LGBT people face, even if legal equality is achieved for LGBT people.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
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:102249
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Humanities
Deposited On:2015-08-06
Last Modified:2015-09-07
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