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Civil partnership and marriage: LGBT-Q political pragmatism and the normalisation imperative

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dc.contributor.author Neary, Aoife
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-17T12:32:18Z
dc.date.available 2017-02-17T12:32:18Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/5535
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract The last decade has seen significant change in LGBT-Q politics in many (neo)liberal democracies. In Ireland, Civil Partnership (CP) was signed into law in 2010. While LGBT-Q advocacy groups had been divided over the terms of CP, they presented a united front in favour of marriage and in May 2015, Ireland became the first country in the world to vote in favour of same-sex marriage in a constitutional referendum. This article begins from a personal moment as I sat in a television audience where a polarized debate – mainstream ‘progressive’ Left in favour of marriage equality versus ‘conservative’ religious Right against – ensued. It draws on interviews with five advocates in LGBT-Q politics and an analysis of print media related to CP and marriage from January 2010 until January 2014. This article inquires into the discourses and decision-making as CP and marriage emerged. It is anchored by the work of Michel Foucault, Judith Butler and others, focusing on the concepts of discourse, truth, normalization and equality. I demonstrate how the advocates adopted a politics of pragmatism and employed integrative, assimilationist strategies in line with consensus politics. I show how these approaches played their part in foreclosing radical sexual politics or broader kinship discussions. The article asserts that the advocates were motivated by how CP/marriage had the potential to achieve ‘real life’, large-scale cultural change through normalization. However, I demonstrate how mobilizing a politics of change based on normalization and sameness simultaneously (re)produces an ‘acceptable’ sexual citizen and reassigns ‘others’ as peripheral. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher SAGE Publications en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Sexualities;19 (7), pp. 757-779
dc.relation.uri http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1363460715616943
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363460715616943
dc.subject citizenship and cultural change en_US
dc.subject civil partnership and same-sex marriage en_US
dc.subject heteronormativity and homonormativity en_US
dc.subject LGBT-Q politics en_US
dc.subject normalization and power en_US
dc.subject sexualities equality en_US
dc.title Civil partnership and marriage: LGBT-Q political pragmatism and the normalisation imperative en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2017-02-17T12:23:37Z
dc.description.version ACCEPTED
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/1363460715616943
dc.contributor.sponsor IRC en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1584666
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle Sexualities
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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