Just Marriage: A New Democracy Forum/Boston Review Book

Paperback | September 22, 2004

byMary Lyndon ShanleyEditorJoshua Cohen, Deborah Chasman

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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 abandonedcompletely? 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. Fourteenprominent 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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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 abandonedcompletely? Or should marriage be redefined as a c...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 5.39 × 7.99 × 0.39 inPublished:September 22, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part IMary Lyndon Shanley: Just Marriage: On the Public Importance of Private UnionsPart IINancy F. Cott: The Public StakeJoan C. Tronto: Marriage: Love or Care?Cass R. Sunstein: Of Federalism and CasteMartha Albertson Fineman: Why Marriage?David B. Cruz: Mystification, Neutrality, and Same-Sex Couples in MarriageWilliam N. Eskridge Jr.: The Relational Case for Same-Sex MarriageAmitai Etzioni: A Communitarian Position for Civil UnionsMilton C. Reagan Jr.: Between Justice and CommitmentElizabeth F. Emens: Just Monogamy?Drucilla Cornell: The Public Supports of LoveWendy Brown: After MarriageBrenda Cossman: Beyond MarriageTamara Metz: Why We Should Disestablish MarriagePart IIIMary Lyndon Shanley: Afterword

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"Shanley's argument strives for equity and the full grantof citizenship for gay and lesbian people seeking to enter a civil marriage commitment while doing justice to the qualms that many different kinds of people have about marriage. Whatever one thinks of its merits, the debate it sparkspresents a fresh and supportive alternative to the public conversation on same-sex marriage."-Urvashi Vaid, former executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force