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Same Sex Relationships: From 'Odious Crime' to 'Gay Marriage'

Stephen Cretney


Until 1967 homosexual men were being sent to prison for having a relationship. Since 2005, same sex couples have been able to get married — although the law describes the relationship as a ‘civil partnership’. This book describes the remarkable change in social attitudes and analyses the law's responses to those changes. The book considers the different techniques for bringing about change in the law, and contrasts what can properly be achieved by judicial decisions with what can only be achieved by legislation. Much of the law about personal relationships reflects a compromise between differe ... More

Keywords: same sex couples, civil partnership, comparative law, law drafting, Civil Partnership Act

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199297733
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297733.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Cretney, author
Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford