By Kathleen E. Hull
Fierce and infrequently gruesome battles are being waged, specially within the usa, over who's allowed to marry, what marriage indicates, and the place marriage is headed. Kathleen Hull examines those debates, and knowledge from interviews with over seventy humans in same-sex relationships, to discover the cultural practices surrounding same-sex marriage and the felony conflict for reputation. Arguing that the cultural and felony dimensions of marriage are heavily intertwined, she indicates how same-sex use marriage-related cultural practices, reminiscent of public dedication rituals, to say the truth in their commitments regardless of loss of criminal reputation. even though many same-sex see the legislation of the country to carry a distinct cultural energy to valid their relationships and identities, Hull reveals that their competitors both glance to the legislations to re-establish a social normalcy that excludes same-sex relationships. it is a well timed examine a contentious factor.
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Kim Pierson, a 37-year-old African-American administrator, made a formal proposal to her partner Brenda Davis several months after she had initially raised the idea of marrying. Wanting the proposal to go smoothly, Kim said she rehearsed it repeatedly with a sympathetic co-worker. Betty Freeman, a 57-year-old African-American bus driver, initially “announced” to her partner Mandy Walker that they would marry, in response to Mandy pushing her for a commitment. Dissatisfied with this approach, Mandy told Betty she required a formal proposal, and she eventually got one.
Marriage, culture and law 19 In a minority of cases (12 participants), both partners of the couple were interviewed separately. I also interviewed 5 study participants whose partners did not participate in the study because of lack of interest or scheduling difficulties. Most interviews took place in study participants’ homes, although in a few cases people preferred to be interviewed elsewhere (my home, their workplace or a public place). The interviews were conducted between October 1998 and December 1999, with one follow-up interview conducted in February 2001.
The clergy interview guide is included in Appendix A. In early 2001, I ran into Brenda Davis, the first person interviewed for the study two and a half years earlier. After a few moments of small talk, Brenda informed me that she was no longer with her partner Kim Pierson, whom I had also interviewed. We did not get into a detailed discussion of their breakup at that time, but a few weeks later I contacted Brenda, who had participated in a commitment ritual with Kim, and asked if she would be willing to be re-interviewed for the study, to Marriage, culture and law 21 provide the perspective of a “divorced” lesbian.
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