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Questioning the Goal of Same-Sex Marriage


Richardson-Self, LV, Questioning the Goal of Same-Sex Marriage, Australian Feminist Studies, 27, (72) pp. 205-219. ISSN 1465-3303 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/08164649.2012.678572


The prominent call to legalise same-sex marriage in Australia raises questions concerning whether its achievement will result in amplified societal acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, and on what grounds this acceptance will take place. Same-sex marriage may not challenge heteronormative and patriarchal features typically associated with marriage, and may serve to reinforce a hierarchy that promotes traditional marriage as the ideal relationship structure. This may result in only assimilationist acceptance of LGBT people. However, the consequence of inclusion to marriage ought to reflect social acceptance of LGBTs as people worthy of equal treatment in dignity and in rights, regardless of perceived differences or similarities to a supposed majority standard. This article argues that justice would be best served by introducing and promoting a variety of State-sanctioned unions whilst simultaneously introducing same-sex marriage. This ‘pluralisation strategy’ would increase awareness and legitimacy of other relationshiprecognition options, promoting respectful acceptance of LGBT and heterosexual people alike.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Gender studies
Research Field:Feminist theory
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Ethics
Objective Field:Social ethics
UTAS Author:Richardson-Self, LV (Dr Louise Richardson-Self)
ID Code:102251
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2015-08-06
Last Modified:2015-09-01

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