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One Marriage Under God: The Campaign to Promote Marriage in America

Melanie Heath


The meaning and significance of the institution of marriage has engendered angry and boisterous battles across the United States. While the efforts of lesbians and gay men to make marriage accessible to same-sex couples have seen increasing success, these initiatives have sparked a backlash as campaigns are waged to “protect” heterosexual marriage in America. Less in the public eye is government legislation that embraces the idea of marriage promotion as a necessary societal good. This book uncovers broad cultural anxieties that fuel on-the-ground practices to reinforce a boundary of heterosex ... More

Keywords: marriage, same-sex couples, heterosexual marriage, same-sex marriage, American society, relationship classes, marriage workshops, marriage education, heterosexual monogamy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780814737125
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814737125.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Melanie Heath, author