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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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Reform Proposals and Alternatives to Marriage

Reform Proposals and Alternatives to Marriage

(p.119) Chapter 6 Reform Proposals and Alternatives to Marriage
Just Married

Stephen Macedo

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines a range of proposals for the reform or replacement of marriage. These marriage reform proposals range from increasing the contractual aspects of marriage, to further distinguishing and separating the civil and religious dimensions of marriage, and introducing greater choice, personalization, and deliberate design, along with the idea of curtailing no-fault divorce and strengthening marital commitment. The chapter considers the virtues of these alternatives to marriage compared with marriage as a status relation defined in advance by law. It explains and defends the comparative advantages of an open-ended marital commitment and concludes by discussing the conditions of just marriage, which include extending greater support for caring and caregiving relationships, but argues that this should be done by building on the success of marriage rather than by eliminating it.

Keywords:   marriage reform, personalization, no-fault divorce, marital commitment, marriage alternatives, marriage, status relation, caregiving

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