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The Wedding Bells Heard Around the World: Years from Now, Will We Wonder Why We Worried About Same-Sex Marriage?

94 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2008 Last revised: 14 Jul 2008

Mark E. Wojcik

The John Marshall Law School

Abstract

This article argues that fears about recognizing same-sex couples destroying marriage are irrational, and that same-sex couples deserve the same recognition and protection as that afforded to opposite-sex couples. The article surveys same-sex marriage and registered partnership laws in Europe, Canada, and various states of the United States including Hawaii, Alaska, Vermont, and Massachusetts. The article was published just as Massachusetts was about to begin performing its first same-sex marriages in 2004. As such, the article provides a useful historical overview and reference for those writing about same-sex marriage in the United States and other countries.

Keywords: same-sex marriage, gay rights, sexual orientation, marriage, domestic partnerships, civil unions

Suggested Citation

Wojcik, Mark E., The Wedding Bells Heard Around the World: Years from Now, Will We Wonder Why We Worried About Same-Sex Marriage?. Northern Illinois University Law Review, Vol. 24, No. 3, pp. 589-682, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1143144

Mark E. Wojcik (Contact Author)

The John Marshall Law School ( email )

315 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60604
United States

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