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Queering Marriage Challenging Family Formation in the United States

ISBN-10: 081356221X
ISBN-13: 9780813562216
Edition: 2014
Authors: Katrina Kimport
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List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 11/21/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

Over four thousand gay and lesbian couples married in the city of San Francisco in 2004. The first large-scale occurrence of legal same-sex marriage, these unions galvanized a movement and reignited the debate about whether same-sex marriage, as some hope, challenges heterosexual privilege or, as others fear, preserves that privilege by assimilating queer couples.In Queering Marriage, Katrina Kimport uses in-depth interviews with participants in the San Francisco weddings to argue that same-sex marriage cannot be understood as simply entrenching or contesting heterosexual privilege. Instead, she contends, these new legally sanctioned relationships can both reinforce as well as disrupt the association of marriage and heterosexuality.During her deeply personal conversations with same-sex spouses, Kimport learned that the majority of respondents did characterize their marriages as an opportunity to contest heterosexual privilege. Yet, in a seeming contradiction, nearly as many also cited their desire for access to the normative benefits of matrimony, including social recognition and legal rights. Kimport’s research revealed that the pattern of ascribing meaning to marriage varied by parenthood status and, in turn, by gender. Lesbian parents were more likely to embrace normative meanings for their unions; those who are not parents were more likely to define their relationships as attempts to contest dominant understandings of marriage.By posing the question—can queers “queer” marriage?—Kimport provides a nuanced, accessible, and theoretically grounded framework for understanding the powerful effect of heterosexual expectations on both sexual and social categories.

Katrina Kimport is Assistant Professor with ANSIRH, a program of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California, San Francisco.

Acknowledgments
The Winter of Love
Marrying for the Movement
Marrying for Rights
Marrying for Love
Gender and Parenthood
The Persistent Power of Marriage
Exposing Heteronormativity
Conclusion
Methodological Appendix
Notes
References
Index

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