The Symbolic Status of Same Sex Marriage

Hamilton, Frances (2017) The Symbolic Status of Same Sex Marriage. Family Law. ISSN 0014-7281

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Abstract

When the Civil Partnership Act 2004 ('CPA') was introduced in 2004 this was a major step forwards for same-sex couples. Despite offering near equalisation of rights with married couples, this piece argues that this was insufficient for those same-sex couples who favour same-sex marriage. This remains a current issue for jurisdictions which have not legalised same-sex marriage, including Northern Ireland and many European states. This piece argues that civil partnership is a useful concept allowing public mind-sets to adjust, en route to the legalisation of same-sex marriage. However, civil partnership remains tarred by the brush of 'separate but equal.' Aside from the rights granted by marriage itself, this article contains an important symbolical status and is necessary for the recognition of gays as equal citizens.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: M200 Law by Topic
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: Frances Hamilton
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2017 09:19
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2017 16:47
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/30969

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