Disciplining Queerness: A Queer Argument about Same-Sex Marriage
AbstractThe debate surrounding same-sex marriage has taken on new importance in light of recent Supreme Court cases that have advocated a more tolerant treatment of homosexuals. The issue becomes even more cogentand heated when one considers that three states have legalized same-sex unions in the span of just ten years. While the legalization of same-sex marriages is an important step towards the goal of securing rights andrecognition for homosexuals, the rhetoric and discourse surrounding the issue remains problematic from a theoretical point of view. This paper will briefly survey some of the arguments provided by both liberal and conservative thinkers in support of same-sex marriage. Some of the problematic assumptions and failings of these justifications will then be explored and a more tenable and ultimately better alternative provided.
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