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A Liberal Analysis of Same Sex Marriage

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dc.contributor.author McLean, Virginia
dc.date.accessioned 2013-04-10T03:57:56Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-11-02T03:38:15Z
dc.date.available 2013-04-10T03:57:56Z
dc.date.available 2022-11-02T03:38:15Z
dc.date.copyright 2012
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/28711
dc.description.abstract Liberalism is based on the fundamental premise of individual self-determination, human freedom and equality. The task of government is to protect the equal liberty of citizens in society and before the law. The only reason the state may legitimately interfere with individual liberty is to prevent harm to others. Using a liberal theoretical framework, this research essay analyses same sex marriage as provided for in the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill. I argue that the Bill’s supporters endorse the Bill on the basis of the liberal ideas of individual liberty and the harm principle. I further argue that Adrian Wellington’s variant of the harm principle cannot be used to justify opposition to the Bill. The Bill neutralises marriage to allow same sex couples to marry, thus providing for gender neutral marriage. I assess gender neutral marriage with Elizabeth Brake’s proposal for minimal marriage. I conclude that the Bill removes discrimination and in this sense promotes individual liberty, but that minimal marriage extends the liberal idea of limited state intervention into individual liberty. Brake’s theory of minimal marriage is consistent with an ideal liberal state as it does not make distinctions between types of relationships and would also promote the rights and obligations of same sex couples. Nevertheless, I endorse Wall’s Bill as an important step to remove discrimination against same sex couples. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Same sex marriage en_NZ
dc.title A Liberal Analysis of Same Sex Marriage en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Law en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.marsden 390199 Law not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Masters Research Paper or Project en_NZ
thesis.degree.discipline Law en_NZ
thesis.degree.grantor Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
thesis.degree.level Masters en_NZ
thesis.degree.name Master of Law en_NZ

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