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Legally StraightSexuality, Childhood, and the Cultural Value of Marriage$
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Joe Rollins

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780814775981

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814775981.001.0001

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Children by the Carload

Children by the Carload

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Legally Straight

Joe Rollins

NYU Press

This chapter examines later cases in the marriage debate and shows how the procreation argument developed in American jurisprudence. As opponents pressed the procreation argument to its most logical extremes, it underwent a period of construct elaboration. The argument began to focus attention on children, childhoods, and gender socialization, thus changing the cultural value and meaning of marriage. As this chapter demonstrates, developing the procreation argument made clear that it could not withstand increasing scrutiny and, instead, began to crumble under its own weight. Marriage, it seemed, existed for the sole purpose of justifying and making sense of careless heterosexual reproduction.

Keywords:   jurisprudence, gender socialization, construct elaboration

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