Same-sex Marriage

Same-sex Marriage

The Cultural Politics of Love and Law

Book - 2006
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Fierce and often ugly battles are being waged, especially in the United States, over who is allowed to marry, what marriage signifies, and where marriage is headed. Kathleen Hull examines these debates, and data from interviews with over seventy people in same-sex relationships, to explore the cultural practices surrounding same-sex marriage and the legal battle for recognition. Arguing that the cultural and legal dimensions of marriage are closely intertwined, she shows how same-sex couples use marriage-related cultural practices, such as public commitment rituals, to assert the reality of their commitments despite lack of legal recognition. Though many same-sex couples see the law of the state to hold a unique cultural power to legitimate their relationships and identities, Hull finds that their opponents equally look to the law to re-establish a social normalcy that excludes same-sex relationships. This is a timely look at a contentious issue.
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006
ISBN: 9780521672511
0521672511
9780521856546
052185654X
Characteristics: xv, 277 p. ; 24 cm
Other Standard Identifier: 9780521672511
9780521856546

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