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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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The Power of Theory

The Power of Theory

Same-Sex Marriage, Education, and Gender Panic in France

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After Marriage Equality

Bruno Perreau

NYU Press

The chapter explains that the 2013 law allowing same-sex couples to marry in France left in place many different forms of discrimination against LGBT people, including the absence of an automatic presumption that same-sex married couples are related to each other’s children, a ban onsurrogacy,and aninsistence in medicalizing the ability of transgender individuals to legally change their gender. These policies, when coupled with the Socialist Party’s tepid support for sexual minority rights, have encouraged the continuation of the fierce resistance by religious and social conservatives to LGBT equality that took place in the months leading up to the adoption of the 2013 marriage law. The chapter details the chronology of that resistance, showing that its manifestations and motivations after the enactment of the marriage law are essentially the same as they were before. It also argues that the resistance is being fueled by the fear that the French society is embracing the teachings of so-called gender theory, which, in ostensibly calling for the denaturalizationof sexual categories, seeks todestabilize the “traditional Frenchfamily.”The chapter contends that the repeated denunciations ofgender theory that are part ofthe political resistance to LGBT rights aresaturated with nationalist overtonesthat contain racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-American elements.

Keywords:   LGBT rights, France, marriage equality, Socialist Party, gender theory, nationalism

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