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The law, like the suburban American house, is designed to order a particular pattern of relationships, many of them oriented around the heterosexual nuclear family. For real people in contemporary circumstances to inhabit the house the law built, one has to find side doors and discreet corners, while the dominant space changes little and the façade remains unaltered. The two big L.G.B.T.-rights Supreme Court victories that came before Bostock—Windsor and Obergefell—did exactly that: they carved out a place for monogamous same-sex couples who want to marry (statistically, these are more apt to be white middle-class people like the plaintiffs) in the house of the American nuclear family.

Martha Gessen
The New Yorker
1 January 2007

“Same-sex marriage, civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships in South Africa: Critical reflections on South Africa’s Civil Union Saga” (co-authored with Jaco Barnard-Naude) vol. 124 (2007) South African Law Journal 795-826.

Same-sex marriage

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