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Overview

Marriage, Sexuality, and Gender examines contemporary debates about the meaning and value of civil marriage. The book analyzes arguments for traditional marriage, including those of neonaturalists, utilitarians, and communitarians or virtue theorists. The volume also considers a range of feminist, welfarist, and liberationist arguments for ending the institution altogether. It evaluates two major reform movements: one focused on expanding marriage to include same-sex couples and the other focused on the use of law to render marriage more internally just. The book concludes with a plea to activists to redirect “marriage equality” movements toward the creation of an entirely secular “civil union law” that would respect a broader range of private life-long commitments, including but not limited to same- and opposite-sex couples, without threatening the role of religious marriage in the lives of those who embrace it and without penalizing nonparticipants.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594513909
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin West is Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. She teaches and writes in the fields of constitutional law and theory, jurisprudence, law and humanities, and feminist and gender studies. Her most recent book is Re-Imagining Justice (Ashgate Press 2003).
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Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: A Look in the Rearview Mirror

Chapter 2: In Defense of Marraige ("When I'm Sixty-Four")

Chapter 3: Marriage and Its Critics ("Let's Call the Whole Thing Off")

Chapter 4: Just Marriage ("We Can Work It Out:)

Conclusion: A Modest Proposal

Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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