By Anita Bernstein
The essays in Marriage Proposals envision numerous situations during which adults might proceed to hitch themselves jointly looking everlasting companionship and sustenance, linking sexual intimacy to an extended dedication, often taking care of one another, and construction new households. What could disappear are the criminal results linked to marriage. No joint source of revenue tax go back; no immigration privileges just like the “fiancée visa” or the appropriate to herald a husband or spouse; no unique statuses for legal visits or clinic judgements; no prerogative to stay silent in courtroom through claiming “confidential marital communications”; no pension entitlements; no marital merits and detriments relating to felony or civil liability.
The anthology makes a distinct contribution amid the 2 marriage furors of the day: same-sex marriage and the Bush Administration's “marriage circulation” (that marrying is sweet and extra marriages will be greater for society). Abolishing the criminal class of marriage is the single coverage advice in present American discourse that speaks to either reasons. Activists on each side of the same-sex marriage struggle, in addition to marriage flow partisans, all search development via legislation reform. Marriage Proposals provides them a attainable reform—abolition of marriage as a felony status—for battling battles within the court and the streets.
Contributors comprise Anita Bernstein, Peggy Cooper Davis, Martha Albertson Fineman, Linda C. McClain, Marshall Miller, Lawrence Rosen, Mary Lyndon Shanley, and Dorian Solot.
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Marriage Proposals: Questioning a Legal Status by Anita Bernstein