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    Gay marriage in England: after the party

    Monk, Daniel (2019) Gay marriage in England: after the party. In: UNSPECIFIED (ed.) From Sodomy Laws to Same-Sex Marriage: International Perspectives Since 1789. London, UK: Bloomsbury, pp. 213-227. ISBN 9781350023925.

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    The legal recognition of same-sex conjugal relationships is, without any doubt, a hugely significant cultural and political phenomenon. But how historians of the future will explain or account for it — both nationally and internationally — must be a matter of debate. A progressive account might locate it as an almost end point in a gradual process of liberalization that began with decriminalization. Comparative perspectives will draw attention to the different legal institutions adopted across jurisdictions and to the distinct legal and constitutional methods used to achieve them. Crucial here is the awareness that legal recognition is as much about “nation-making” and the refashioning of modes of legitimate citizenship as it is about providing specific benefits to couples. In telling this broader story the arguments made for and against legal recognition are a rich source. The dominant account of these debates could easily adopt a binary perspective, with “progressives versus...


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Law School
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2020 09:43
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:04


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