DU MARIAGE GAI A LA POLYGAMIE : TRIOMPHE DU DROIT A L'EGALITE?

  • Marie-France BureauetKim Desilets
Keywords: Marriage, same-sex marriage, homosexuality, polygamy, polyamory

Abstract

The quest for same-sex marriage is generally considered to be a fundamental rights issue in Canada. A study of efforts by gays and lesbians in Québec demonstrates that the evolution of minority rights is less linear that it appears. A transformation in norms is the result of multiple factors and cross-influences. These findings challenge the slippery slope theory according to which legalization of same-sex marriage would open the door to polygamy or to multiple-partner marriages. Our research on recognition of gay or lesbian marriages in Canada contextualizes the importance of fundamental rights in the transformation of institutions such as marriage.

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Published
2011-01-01
Section
Legal Commentary