Intimate Affiliation and Democracy: Beyond Marriage?

44 Pages Posted: 8 Sep 2004

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Linda C. McClain

Boston University - School of Law


This article takes up the question: Should family law and policy move beyond marriage? It assesses a spectrum of answers to that question. Rejecting proposals, on the one hand, to shore up traditional marriage, and, on the other, to abolish marriage, it argues that family law and policy should not move wholly beyond marriage, but should support marriage in a way that better fosters greater equality within and among families. The article is part of a symposium on "Marriage, Families, and Democracy," published in 32 Hofstra Law Review 23-421 (2003).

Keywords: marriage, equality, family, democracy, same-sex marriage, intimate affiliation

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McClain, Linda C., Intimate Affiliation and Democracy: Beyond Marriage?. Available at SSRN:

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