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Beyond Same-Sex Marriage: Perspectives on Marital Possibilities (Paperback)
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Beyond Same-Sex Marriage: Perspectives on Marital Possibilities (Paperback)

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Paperback 284 Pages / Published: 23/03/2018
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Although the debate over same-sex marriage in the United States has ended, no one seems to know what lies on the horizon. The conversation about what marriage could be like in the future is no longer confined to academics. In his dissent in Obergefell, Chief Justice Roberts linked the constitutionally-mandated legal recognition of same-sex marriage to the possibility that states may also have to recognize multi-person intimate relationships as well to avoid discriminating against plural marriage enthusiasts. The popularity of television shows like TLC's Sister Wives and HBO's Big Love suggests that Americans no longer can be dismissive of the possibility that in the foreseeable future, marriage could, and perhaps should, look very different than it does today. Rather than settling the question of whether states ought to abolish marriage, make it more inclusive, contractual, or call it something else, this book exposes readers to some of the normative, legal, and empirical questions that Americans must address before they can deliberate thoughtfully about whether to keep the marital status quo where monogamy remains privileged. Unlike much of the debate over same-sex marriage, they exchange reasons with one another as they discuss marital reform. This book is for ordinary Americans, their elected representatives, and judges, to help them ultimately decide whether they want to continue to define marriage so narrowly, make it more inclusive to avoid discrimination, or have the state leave the marriage business. This edited, interdisciplinary volume contains eight original contributions, all of which illuminate important but often neglected areas of the topic.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9781498512039
Number of pages: 284
Weight: 395 g
Dimensions: 232 x 150 x 20 mm


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This superb book shows why marriage equality should be the beginning and not the end of progressive thinking about the future of marriage. Beyond Same-Sex Marriage is a must read for anyone interested in where considerations of justice and policy should take us next when it comes to legally recognized relationships. -- Carlos A. Ball, Rutgers University
Liberalism, with its tenets of freedom, equality, and fairness, provides a straightforward answer to the question of marriage equality for same-sex couples: yes. After that, it gets really messy. Should the state recognize polygyny? Robot-human marriages? Is civil marriage itself, not to mention its ill-adhered to presumption of sexual exclusivity, anathema to liberal democracy? Den Otter's fantastic, far-reaching collection illuminates these issues and so many more. The scholars of Beyond Same-Sex Marriage confront the hardest dilemmas of governing intimacy unblinkingly. I learned most from their disagreements! -- Joe Fischel, Yale University
This stimulating and diverse collection of essays includes a participant-observer's account of life in progressive Mormon households, a theoretical analysis of why "liberal neutrality" should lead to legal recognition of multiple-partner marriage, a lawyer's argument against legal recognition of plural marriage, and much more. Multidisciplinary in approach, Beyond Same-Sex Marriage provides a rich overview of many complex issues raised by polygamy, plural marriage, polyamory, and the family forms to which these practices give rise. -- Mary L. Shanley, Vassar College

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