Marriage, Sexuality, and Gender

ISBN-10: 1594513902

ISBN-13: 9781594513909

Edition: 2008

Authors: Robin West
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Description: 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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Book details

List price: $54.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 10/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

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).

Introduction
A Look in the Rearview Mirror
Patriarchal Marriage of 1850 and Traditional Marriage of 1950: A Contrast
Patriarchal and Traditional Marriage: Continuities
Traditional Marriage and Contractual Marriage: A Contrast
From Contract to Politics
In Defense of Marriage ("When I'm Sixty-Four")
The Neonatural Law Defense of Traditional Marriage
Non-Neonatural Law Arguments Defending Traditional Marriage
The Utilitarian Defense of Civil Marriage
Communitarian Defenses of Marriage: Marriage as Commitment
Marriage and Its Critics ("Let's Call the Whole Thing Off")
The Dubious Constitutionality of Civil Marriage
Should We Call the Whole Thing Off? Utilitarian Arguments against Marriage
Some Reservations...Perhaps We Shouldn't Call the Whole Thing Off
Just Marriage ("We Can Work It Out")
Same-Sex Marriage
Formal Equality
Communitarian Values
Social Utilitarian Arguments
Social Conservative Arguments against Gay Marriage
Progressive Arguments against Same-Sex Marriage
The Egalitarian Marriage Movement
Critics of Just Marriage
Conclusion: A Modest Proposal
Defending Marriage
Ending Marriage
The Justice of Civil Union Law
Civil Union and Marriage Equality: Some Contrasts
On Civic Modesty
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author
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