By Elizabeth Brake
This number of essays by means of liberal and feminist philosophers addresses the query of no matter if marriage reform should cease with same-sex marriage. a few philosophers have lately argued that marriage is intolerant and may be abolished or appreciably reformed to incorporate teams and non-romantic friendships. In reaction, Simon may perhaps argues that marriage legislations might be justified with no an intolerant entice an excellent dating kind, and Ralph Wedgwood argues that the liberal values which justify same-sex marriage don't justify additional extension. different authors argue for brand new felony varieties for intimate relationships. Marriage abolitionist Clare Chambers argues that piecemeal directives instead of courting contracts should still change marriage, and Samantha Brennan and invoice Cameron argue for setting apart marriage and parenting, with parenting instead of marriage turning into, legally and socially, the root of the relations. Elizabeth Brake argues for a non-hierarchical friendship version for marriage. Peter de Marneffe argues that polygamy may be decriminalized, yet that the liberal country don't need to realize it, whereas Laurie Shrage argues that polygamy can be legally dependent to guard privateness and equality. Dan Nolan argues for transitority marriage as a felony choice, whereas Anca Gheaus argues that marital commitments are complicated tools for securing the nice of romantic and sexual love. Taken jointly, those essays problem modern understandings of marriage and the state's position in it.
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Perhaps if divorce became so common that newlyweds could not reasonably expect their marriage to last a lifetime, there would cease to be any social expectation that they commit to a permanent bond. Temporary marriage might instead come to be seen as the ideal arrangement. Similarly, a culture of fashionable celebrity weddings and gaudy reality shows could conceivably degrade the solemnity of the practice to the point that it became an irredeemably kitsch diversion devoid of all norms of love, sincerity, and responsibility.
There is a significant prima facie tension between Agnes’s social role as Bernard’s spouse and her social role as Sibyl’s cohabiting sister. Unless there is some weighty reason for the arrangement—perhaps her sister is terminally ill and Bernard’s career prevents him from relocating too—the newlyweds’ separation provides grounds for an observer to suspect that their marriage is a sham. Much the same point holds if Bernard decides to join a polyamorous commune. The tension between a spouse’s social role and the two alternative relationship types is a contingent sociological matter.
10 Opening up marriage to same-sex couples does not fundamentally change the communicative power that marriage gives to opposite-sex couples. It is in this way that I propose to defend the two points that I relied on in my argument for same-sex marriage: first, the point that the exclusion of same-sex couples was never a fundamental part of marriage’s social meaning; and secondly, the point that by allowing same-sex couples to marry, same-sex couples could have access to an institution that has fundamentally the same social meaning as marriage currently has.