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Just MarriedSame-Sex Couples, Monogamy, and the Future of Marriage$
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Stephen Macedo

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691166483

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691166483.001.0001

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Marriage: Obligations, Benefits, and Access

Marriage: Obligations, Benefits, and Access

(p.99) Chapter 5 Marriage: Obligations, Benefits, and Access
Just Married

Stephen Macedo

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the many “legal incidents” of marriage: the specific benefits, responsibilities, obligations, and protections that are associated with marriage by law. While critics focus on the special privileges or benefits that spouses acquire in marriage, those are balanced by special obligations. The chapter suggests that the whole package seems reasonably appropriate for both opposite-sex and same-sex couples. It also considers the ways in which marriage seems to promote the good of spouses, children, and society, along with the class divide that now characterizes marriage and parenting. It argues that this class divide, not same-sex marriage, is the great challenge for the future.

Keywords:   legal incidents, marriage, benefits, responsibilities, obligations, same-sex couples, class divide, parenting, same-sex marriage

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