Just Marriage
Just Marriage

Just Marriage

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From the ground breaking legal decisions on gay marriage to the promotion of marriage for low-income families, the "sacred institution" of marriage has turned into a public battleground. Who should be allowed to marry and is marriage a public or private act? Should marriage be abandoned completely? Or should marriage be redefined as a civil institution that promotes sexual and racial equality? As the fierce national debate over same-sex marriage and civil unions continues, Mary Lyndon Shanley argues that while the state should continue to play a role in regulating personal relations, the law must be fundamentally reformed if marriage is to become a more just institution. Fourteen prominent writers and thinkers respond, including Nancy F. Cott, William N. Eskridge, Jr., Amitai Etzioni, Martha Albertson Fineman, and Cass R. Sunstein.

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ISBN-13: 9780198039174
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 09/23/2004
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 178 KB

About the Author

Mary Lyndon Shanley is the Margaret Stiles Halleck Professor of Political Science at Vassar College. Her most recent book is Making Babies, Making Families.

Table of Contents

Part I

Just Marriage: On the Public Importance of Private Unions, Mary Lyndon Shanley

Part II

The Public Stake, Nancy F. Cott

Marriage: Love or Care?, Joan C. Tronto

Of Federalism and Caste, Cass R. Sunstein

Why Marriage?, Martha Albertson Fineman

Mystification, Neutrality, and Same-Sex Couples in Marriage, David B. Cruz

The Relational Case for Same-Sex Marriage, William N. Eskridge Jr.

A Communitarian Position for Civil Unions, Amitai Etzioni

Between Justice and Commitment, Milton C. Reagan Jr.

Just Monogamy?, Elizabeth F. Emens

The Public Supports of Love, Drucilla Cornell

After Marriage, Wendy Brown

Beyond Marriage, Brenda Cossman

Why We Should Disestablish Marriage, Tamara Metz

Part III

Afterword, Mary Lyndon Shanley

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