Same-sex marriage revived: feminist critique and legal strategy

Auchmuty, R.S. 2004. Same-sex marriage revived: feminist critique and legal strategy. Feminism & Psychology. 14 (1), pp. 101-126.

TitleSame-sex marriage revived: feminist critique and legal strategy
AuthorsAuchmuty, R.S.
Abstract

In June 2003 the UK government published proposals for a civil partnership registration scheme for same-sex couples that would confer almost all the legal rights and responsibilities of marriage. The paper discusses its provisions in the context of the debates on same-sex marriage over the past decade and argues that they hardly represent any advance on existing rights and that same-sex marriage will inevitably be won in the UK. The author herself is unenthusiastic about marriage, and concludes that lesbians and gay men should not let themselves be assimilated into a heterosexual model, but should draw attention to the potential for our relationships to act as better models for all relationships, inside or outside marriage. Copyright 2004 SAGE Publications. All rights reserved. Not for commercial use or unauthorized distribution.

KeywordsCivil partnerships, equality, family law, heterosexuality, homosexuality, lesbian feminism, rights
JournalFeminism & Psychology
Journal citation14 (1), pp. 101-126
ISSN0959-3535
YearFeb 2004
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1177/0959353504040307
Publication dates
PublishedFeb 2004

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