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Legally Straight – Sexuality, Childhood, and the Cultural Value of Marriage - NYU Press Scholarship Online
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Legally Straight: Sexuality, Childhood, and the Cultural Value of Marriage

Joe Rollins


Legally Straight offers a critical reading of the legal debate over lesbian and gay marriage in the United States in order to understand how change happened so quickly. The book relies on key judicial opinions to trace changes in our understanding of heterosexuality, as what was once characterized as an elusive object of analysis was brought into the spotlight. Upon closer inspection, it seemed that the cultural value of marriage was becoming tarnished, and the trouble appeared to center around one very specific issue: reproduction. As opponents of lesbian and gay marriage emphasized the link ... More

Keywords: legally straight, procreation argument, heterosexuality, marriage, childhood

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780814775981
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814775981.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joe Rollins, author
Queens College-CUNY

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