Analogizing Interracial and Same-Sex Marriage

Philosophy and Rhetoric 48 (4):561-582 (2015)
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Midway between the unintelligible and the commonplace, it is metaphor which most produces knowledge. In the struggle for the recognition of gay and lesbian marriage equality in the United States, advocates often employ arguments analogizing the prohibitions against same-sex civil marriages as equally invalid as those that forbid legally interracial marriages.1 Whether it be in legal briefs, oral arguments, media appearances, or everyday conversations, more often than not, the legitimacy of gay and lesbian claims to equal protection before the law turn on the question of the perceived similarities between discrimination based on race and that based on sexual orientation.2 As with other forms of legal..
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