[SydPhil] Book Launch – ‘Justifying Same-Sex Marriage: A Philosophical Investigation’

Louise Richardson-Self lvself at gmail.com
Wed Jun 10 15:34:44 AEST 2015


*Justifying Same-Sex Marriage*

*A Philosophical Investigation*

*By Louise Richardson-Self with Guest Speaker Jenny Leong MP*

*Friday July 3**rd**, 18:00-21:00*

*Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, New South Wales 2038*

There is massive public interest in same-sex marriage, a controversial
topic that is rarely out of the media. This book investigates the extent to
which legalizing same-sex marriage can contribute to ending the
discrimination and social stigma faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
transgender men and women (LGBT) in the Western world. This issue breaks
down into several further questions: can marriage equality be defended
without reinforcing the idea that marriage is the most/only valuable form
of intimate relationship? Can marriage equality be defended without further
marginalizing non-conforming LGBT people? What kind of equality should LGBT
people strive for? What critical agency might they lose when this equality
is achieved? What institutional legacies should we embrace? The book
focuses on human rights arguments supporting same-sex marriage and
questions whether they are likely to both justify legal change and
encourage shifts in the sociopolitical reception of LGBT people. After
critically analyzing various arguments in favor of same-sex marriage, the
author puts forward a justification that allows for marriage equality and
does not result in the assimilation of queer identities into
heteronormative identity.

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