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

Philosophy@UWS Philosophy at uws.edu.au
Wed Jun 10 17:35:21 AEST 2015

Dear Louise,

Congratulations on the book – and the position at UTas!

Unfortunately, we are in Europe so I cannot come to Gleebooks.


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Dimitris Vardoulakis
University of Western Sydney
School of Humanities and Communication Arts
Bankstown Campus, 7.G.10
Locked Bag 1797
Penrith, NSW 2751

tel: +61 2 9772 6808

From: sydphil-bounces at arts.usyd.edu.au [mailto:sydphil-bounces at arts.usyd.edu.au] On Behalf Of Louise Richardson-Self
Sent: Wednesday, 10 June 2015 8:35 AM
To: sydphil at arts.usyd.edu.au
Subject: [SydPhil] Book Launch – ‘Justifying Same-Sex Marriage: A Philosophical Investigation’

Justifying Same-Sex Marriage
A Philosophical Investigation

By Louise Richardson-Self
with Guest Speaker
Jenny Leong MP

Friday July 3rd, 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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