The fundamental argument for same-sex marriage

Journal of Political Philosophy 7 (3):225–242 (1999)

Ralph Wedgwood
University of Southern California
This paper offers an argument in favour of the conclusion that it is seriously unjust to exclude same-sex couples from the institution of civil marriage. The argument is based on an interpretation of what the institution of marriage essentially is, and of its essential rationale; the crucial claim is that although marriage is a legal institution, it is also a social institution, involving a "social meaning" -- a body of common knowledge and expectations about marriage that is generally shared throughout society.
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