Moving to the Left by Moving to the Right: A Law & Economics Defense of Same-Sex Marriage

24 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2007

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Darren Bush

University of Houston Law Center

Abstract

The article argues, using law & economics, that same-sex marriage would confer greater benefits to society than heterosexual marriage while not causing costs greater than those associated with heterosexual marriage. Moreover, same-sex marriage would help remedy some societal ills associated with heterosexual sexual relations. For example, allowing same-sex couples to adopt would reduce the number of unwanted children. The article takes issue with the movement towards state created civil unions, as the benefits conferred by such unions limit the mobility of those who choose to undertake such unions.

Keywords: same-sex marriage, gay marriage

JEL Classification: J7, K12, J12

Suggested Citation

Bush, Darren, Moving to the Left by Moving to the Right: A Law & Economics Defense of Same-Sex Marriage. Women's Rights Law Reporter, Vol. 22, p. 115, 2001, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=956593

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