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From Civil Partnerships to Same-Sex Marriage


ISBN13: 9781138855984
Published: November 2016
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £34.99
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The UK’s Civil Partnership Act 2004 and the Marriage (Same-Sex) Act 2014 are important legal, social and historical landmarks. For, beyond their practical implications, same-sex relationship recognition throughout the western world has become a key site of political contestation rich in symbolic, material and cultural meanings.

While fiercely opposed by many, within mainstream narratives they are often represented as a victory in a legal reform process that commenced with the decriminalisation of homosexuality. For others, however, they represent a problematic and ambivalent political engagement with the institution of marriage. These reforms, then, provide an invaluable opportunity to engage with issues that arguably affect everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or relationship status.

This collection brings together leading scholars and commentators from a wide range of professions and disciplinary backgrounds to critically reflect on the first ten years of the Civil Partnership Act and the introduction of same-sex marriage: some providing a close reading of their judicial interpretation, and their media representation; some locating them within the context of British political history and the history of sexuality; and some exploring their wider implications for struggles around homosexuality within the Commonwealth.

Marking the 10th anniversary of the first civil partnership ceremonies, and coinciding with the first same-sex marriages, this critical reflection on the first decade of same-sex relationship recognition provides a much needed foundation for encouraging and suggesting new ways of engaging with this reality.

Subjects:
Family Law
Contents:
Introduction Nicola Barker and Daniel Monk (editors)
Part One: Towards Marriage

2. Liberalism by Stealth? The Civil Partnership Act and the New Equalities Agenda in Perspective Jeffrey Weeks,
3. From Civil Partnership to Marriage in Scotland Kenneth Mck Norrie,
4. Opposing Same-Sex Marriage in Great Britain and Canada Kath Browne and Catherine Nash,
5. Consenting to Gender? The New Spousal Consent Requirement in the Gender Recognition Act 2004 Flora Renz

Part Two: Changing Minds, Changing Practice? After the Wedding
6. Social Work, Adoption, Civil Partnerships and Same Sex Marriage Christine Cocker
7. Civil Partnership, Marriage and Ordinariness Brian Heaphy
8. The Church of England and Gay Marriage – What Went Wrong? Giles Goddard
9. Even Sociologists Get Civilly Partnered? Loving Same-Sex Marriage and Other Contradictions Yvette Taylor
Part Three: The End of (the) Marriage: Dissolutions, Disputes and the Future
10. ‘Square peg, round hole?’: The legal regulation of Plus Two Parent Families Chris Dietz and Julie Wallbank
11. Judging the Act: Civil Partnerships Disputes in the Courtroom and the Media Daniel Monk
12. The Same-Sex Marriage effect in human rights politics in the Commonwealth  Matthew Waites
13. Dissolution of Disillusion? The Unravelling of Civil Partnerships Rosemary Auchmuty
14. What Next After Same-Sex Marriage: The New Normal or the End of Conjugality? Nicola Barker