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After MarriageRethinking Marital Relationships$
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Elizabeth Brake

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190205072

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190205072.001.0001

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Is Marriage Bad for Children?

Is Marriage Bad for Children?

Rethinking the Connection Between Having Children, Romantic Love, and Marriage

(p.84) 4 Is Marriage Bad for Children?
After Marriage

Samantha Brennan

Bill Cameron

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that it is time to rethink the necessary connection between parenting and marriage and think about children, rather than romantic love, as another possible foundation for the family. The argument presented here is both as a rejoinder to those on the right who say “But what about the children?” and as a response to worries raised by queer activists and feminists about the focus on same-sex marriage as the single most important political issue facing progressive communities today. Protection of the vulnerable is argued to be the only good reason to have the state involved in marriage in the first place.

Keywords:   children, marriage, family ethics, divorce, romantic love, well-being, parenting contracts

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