Challenging the Heteronormativity of Marriage: The Role of Judicial Interpretation and Authority

  title={Challenging the Heteronormativity of Marriage: The Role of Judicial Interpretation and Authority},
  author={Paul Johnson},
  journal={Social \& Legal Studies},
  pages={349 - 367}
  • Paul Johnson
  • Published 1 September 2011
  • Sociology, Law
  • Social & Legal Studies
This article considers three recent court judgments that resulted from challenges by homosexual men and women to laws that prohibited them from contracting civil marriage. In examining these judgments, my focus is on the different ways in which courts interpret the social, cultural and legal heteronormativity of marriage. Whilst the issue of judicial interpretations of heteronormativity has not been a significant cause for concern in either lay or academic discourse, I argue that judicial ‘ways… 
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