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After Marriage EqualityThe Future of LGBT Rights$
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Carlos A. Ball

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479883080

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479883080.001.0001

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A More Promiscuous Politics

A More Promiscuous Politics

LGBT Rights without the LGBT Rights

Chapter:
(p.181) 7 A More Promiscuous Politics
Source:
After Marriage Equality
Author(s):

Joseph J. Fischel

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479883080.003.0008

This chapter argues that the push for same-sex marriage has opened the door for the legal recognition of polygamous marriages. Rather than denying the likelihood or advisability of such recognition, it urges the LGBT movement to embrace it as part of its commitment to relational autonomy, which it defines as the capability to codetermine intimate and/or sexual relations.The chapter arguesthat the movement should shift perspectives from an identitarian to a relational one, from LGBT equality to relational autonomy, and from individualized discrimination to social transformation. In calling, in effect, for LGBT rights without the “LGBT” part, the chapter encourages the movement to offer ethically defensible approaches to pressing policy issues that it has largely sidestepped or ignored, including sexual violence and sex education. In the case of sexual violence, it calls for a more nuanced approach that moves beyond demonization, ostracization, or trivialization and focuses on how sexual assaults destroy the capability of persons to codetermine their sexual and intimate relationships. It also argues that if advocates approach questions of sex education and youth sexuality from a relational autonomy perspective, they would avoid the current desexualization and singularizationof the victimized gay teen while empowering and enabling young people to be skilled sexual decision-makers.

Keywords:   LGBT rights, polygamy, autonomy, sexual violence, sex education

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