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As Long as We Both Shall LoveThe White Wedding in Postwar America$
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Karen M. Dunak

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814737811

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814737811.001.0001

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“It Matters Not Who We Love, Only That We Love”

“It Matters Not Who We Love, Only That We Love”

Same-Sex Weddings

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As Long as We Both Shall Love

Karen M. Dunak

NYU Press

This chapter examines how the wedding became an important medium for same-sex couples to lobby for marriage equality and to stake their claim to equal rights of citizenship and national belonging more generally. Focusing on “The Wedding,” part of the 1987 March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian Rights, it considers how same-sex weddings transcended the “difference vs. accommodation” debates often raised in subcultural groups and hotly contested within the queer community. After discussing how homosexuality was treated in mainstream American culture, the chapter explores same-sex relationships and how weddings emerged as a political instrument in efforts to attain legally recognized same-sex marriage. It also describes the different shapes and forms that same-sex weddings took as they became increasingly visible during the 1990s and into the twenty-first century. Finally, it reflects on how weddings marked the triumph of personalization in American wedding culture while helping the cause of those who had long advocated for equal rights.

Keywords:   wedding, same-sex couples, marriage equality, equal rights, citizenship, The Wedding, same-sex wedding, homosexuality, same-sex relationships, same-sex marriage

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