What’s Divorce Got To Do With It?

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SIUE Women's Studies Program

Today’s post is contributed by Elizabeth Victor, who is currently a visiting faculty member in the Department of Philosophy.  Dr. Victor’s work is often concerned with the ways that large associations, particularly those in the business world, shape the ethics of the larger culture.  In this post, she thinks about the ways that the debate about same-sex marriage often has not included a consideration of divorce, and she argues that any ethical argument for same-sex marriage must also account for its dissolution.  

Many feminist theorists and members of the LGBT community are familiar with the arguments in support of marriage equality. The history of striving for marriage equality is, in part, about the privileges that come with the recognition of being married. These privileges include, but are not limited to, the ability to visit your partner in the hospital, to act as a legal proxy, have legally recognized…

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