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‘Why is our love an issue?’: same-sex marriage and the racial politics of the ordinary

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This article analyzes the implicit white racial normativity underpinning the socio-legal struggle for same-sex marriage in Canada. I argue that discursive representations of ‘ordinary lives’ require alignment with terms of neoliberal citizenship – the privacy of property and intimacy – that hold whiteness as the unspoken yet aspirational ideal. As a contestation of heteronormative citizenship, same-sex marriage is not simply a politics of sexuality but also a politics of race.
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Keywords: Canada; neo-liberalism; race; same-sex marriage; whiteness

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Women's Studies, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Canada

Publication date: May 1, 2011

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