Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2015.
vi, 245 pages ; 24 cm
Formatted Contents Note
From civil partnership to same-sex marriage : a decade in British legal history / Nicola Barker and Daniel Monk Liberalism by stealth? The Civil Partnership Act and the new equalities agenda in perspective / Jeffrey Weeks Civil partnership in Scotland 2004-14 / Kenneth Mck. Norrie Opposing same-sex marriage, by supporting civil partnerships : resistances to LGBT equalities / Kath Browne and Catherine Nash Consenting to gender? Trans spouses after same-sex marriage / Flora Renz Social work and adoption : the impact of civil partnerships and same sex marriage / Christine Cocker Civil partnership and ordinary marriages / Brian Heaphy The Church of England and gay marriage : what went wrong? / Giles Goddard Even sociologists get civilly partnered? Loving same-sex marriage and other contradictions / Yvette Taylor "Square peg, round hole?" The legal regulation of plus two parent families / Chris Dietz and Julie Wallbank Judging the act : civil partnerships disputes in the courtroom and the media / Daniel Monk Dissolution or disillusion : the unravelling of civil partnerships / Rosemary Auchmuty After the wedding, what next? Conservatism and conjugality / Nicola Barker.
"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"-- Provided by publisher.
"A GlassHouse book."
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.
KD771 .F76 2015
9781138797536 hardback 1138797537 hardback 9781315757063 (e-book)