Queer marriage: sexualising citizenship and the development of freedoms in South Africa

SOURCE: The prize and the price: shaping sexualities in South Africa
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2009
TITLE AUTHOR(S): V.Reddy
SOURCE EDITOR(S): M.Steyn, M.Van Zyl
KEYWORDS: CITIZENSHIP, GENDER, SAME-SEX MARRIAGE, SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 5759

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Abstract

The chapter offers a queer theoretical reading and analysis of same-sex marriage in South Africa. The core argument situates marriage in terms of the unfolding jurisprudence that decriminalized same-sex sexuality in South Africa, and outlines meanings of same-sex marriage in the broader national debate about identity, sexuality, gender in a human rights context. The conclusions highlight the relevance of marriage in terms of forging identity politics and the challenges to identity politics when rights are infringed.