Keywords

marriage, same-sex marriage, policy, social purpose

Abstract

The current debate over the definition of marriage is typically portrayed as a decision to "expand" or "extend" the boundaries of marriage to include same-sex couples. This argument, however, rests on the assumption that the basic nature off marriage will remain largely unchanged by granting marriage status to same-sex partnerships and that all this policy change will do is absorb same-se partnerships within the existing boundaries of marriage and emend the benefits of marriage to a wider segment of society. Indeed, the very term "same-sex marriage" implies that same-sex couples in committed relationships are already a type of marriage that should be appropriately recognized and labeled as such. But this understanding, which lead to the recent legalization of same-sex marriage by the United States Supreme Court, is flawed in that it fails to recognize how defining same-sex partnerships as marriages signifies a fundamental change in how marriage will be collectively understood and the primary social purposes for which it exists.

Original Publication Citation

Carroll, J. S.& Schumm, W. R. (2017). The Fall of Fertility: How Same-Sex Marriage Will Further Declining Birthrates in the Unites States. Ava Maria Law Review, 14(1), 123-139.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2016

Publisher

Ave Maria Law Review

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

Share

COinS