Marriage Ruling Obscures Larger Discrimination Issue

May 20, 2008Publications

“Marriage Ruling Obscures Larger Discrimination Issue.” California Aggie, May 20, 2008.

co-authored with Toby Beauchamp, Steven Blevins, Cynthia Degnan, Benjamin D’Harlingue, Christopher Lee, Tristan Josephson, Liz Montegary, and Kara Thompson

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ABSTRACT: Not all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are happy about the California Supreme Court’s recent ruling on same-sex marriage. In this op-ed, the authors argue that although the decision positively and importantly affects some queer lives, marriage alone cannot solve the problems plaguing queer communities. In fact, the authors show how the ruling further marginalizes relationships and families that don’t conform to a lifelong, monogamous two-partner structure. They are concerned that most media stories about the ruling have erased queer voices that are critical of extending rights only to a privileged few.

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