Reflections on Complicity

New York City Law Review, Vol. 8, p. 657, 2005

23 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2007 Last revised: 17 Nov 2009

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Julie Shapiro

Seattle University School of Law


The author of this article participated in the litigation of Andersen v. King County, Washington in which lesbian and gay couples unsuccessfully sought access to marriage. Although part of the plaintiffs' litigation team, she is a feminist anti-assimilationist and as such, is generally opposed to articulating marriage as a priority of the lesbian/gay civil rights movement. Confronted with the undeniable reality that marriage has become the central demand of the lesbian and gay movement, the author explores the tensions and contradictions encountered during the litigation. The article examines how one might critically manifest resistance even while working for an assimilationist goal.

Keywords: lesbian, gay, same-sex marriage, assimilation, resistance

Suggested Citation

Shapiro, Julie, Reflections on Complicity. New York City Law Review, Vol. 8, p. 657, 2005. Available at SSRN:

Julie Shapiro (Contact Author)

Seattle University School of Law ( email )

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