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The Need to Abolish Marriage

I have a radical lesbian feminist position on marriage which is well expressed by the US lesbian legal theorist Ruthann Robson (1992) who argues for the general abolition of marriage saying that ‘lesbian survival is not furthered by embracing the law’s rule of marriage. Our legal energy is better directed at abolishing marriage as a state institution and spouse as a legal category’ (p. 127). Marriage is, of course, just one aspect of heterosexuality as a political institution. It is the legal mechanism whereby women are tied into this institution.

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