Discourse, Identity, and Social Change in the Marriage by Karen Tracy

By Karen Tracy

Karen Tracy examines the identity-work of judges and lawyers in nation ideal courts as they debated the legality of latest marriage legislation. Exchanges in country appellate courts are juxtaposed with the controversy that happened among voters and elected officers in legislative hearings contemplating even if to revise nation marriage legislation. The book's research spans ten years, starting with the U.S. very best Court's overturning of sodomy legislation in 2003 and finishing in 2013 while the U.S. superb courtroom declared the federal government's safeguard of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional, and it rather makes a speciality of how social swap was once complete via and mirrored in those law-making and law-interpreting discourses. Focal fabrics are the 8 instances approximately same-sex marriage and civil unions that have been argued in country ideal courts among 2005 and 2009, and 6 of a bigger variety of hearings that happened in kingdom judicial committees contemplating accounts relating to who could be capable of marry. Tracy concludes with research of the 2011 Senate Judiciary Committee listening to on DOMA, evaluating it to the preliminary 1996 listening to and to the 2013 preferrred court docket oral argument approximately it. The e-book exhibits that social switch happened because the public discourse that taken care of sexual orientation as a "lifestyle" was once changed with a public discourse of gays and lesbians as a sound classification of citizen.

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