Wedding Bells, Binaries and the Heterosexual Menace Public Deposited

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  • This research explores and aligns a postmodern method in line with a theoretical lens of "strategic political queer/feminism" to understand the construction and positioning of the issue/ problem of same-sex marriage. The method takes shape through a theoretical framework that leads to a political maneuver opening access to the rights and responsibilities associated with the marriage contract to more families. To determine the political strategy needed to achieve legal inclusion it is necessary to understand the entities at work in shaping the debate regarding same-sex marriage. The formation of this political issue/problem is investigated through Michael Foucault's archeology methods and employs a strategic political plan incorporating a liberal feminist and queer theoretical lens of inquiry. Doing so provides an alternative to the current binary offered by liberal feminist and queer theory of either legalizing same-sex marriage or destroying the institution of marriage. Instead, this thesis (re)constructs an either/and position that abandons dichotomies and opens inclusion through a politics that values difference. This leads directly to the conclusion that the marriage contract needs to be removed from the legal context and alternative contracts need to be offered to a wider array of families such that all are valued.
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