Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Family Law in America$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Sanford N. Katz

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199759224

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759224.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 19 December 2018

Marriage

Marriage

Chapter:
(p.29) 2 Marriage
Source:
Family Law in America
Author(s):

Sanford N. Katz

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759224.003.0002

Until the last fifty years, marriage, defined by almost all state legislatures as the union of a man and a woman, carried with it legally defined benefits that reflected a preferred relationship over being single. At the same time, marriage law also reflected the reality of the domination of the man over the woman, whereby a wife was considered more like the property of her husband rather than an individual. With the advent of the civil rights and women’s rights movements as well as developments in constitutional law, that portrait of marriage has changed radically and women no longer lose their legal identity upon marriage but maintain their own. From a legal vantage point, there is now equality in marriage, which has de-emphasized gender and may have provided the predicate for same-sex marriage. Civil marriage is now defined in some states as a monogamous relationship between two adults.

Keywords:   marriage, annulment, incest, transsexualism, bigamy, same-sex marriage

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .