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Same-Sex Marriage in France and Spain: Comparing Resistance in a Centralized Secular Republic and the Dynamics of Change in a “Quasi-Federal” Constitutional Monarchy

  • Réjane Sénac
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Part of the Global Queer Politics book series (GQP)

Abstract

By passing legislation giving same-sex couples the right to marry in 2005, Spain became the third country in the world to grant equal marriage rights at national level, regardless of sexual orientation. In 2013, France became only the 14th country to do so. In order to test the hypothesis of a contrast between an assumed rupture with the political legacy for Spanish democracy and an attachment of the French Republic to an idealized inheritance, an analysis of public discourse—in particular, parliamentary debates—is cross-referenced in the French and Spanish institutional contexts. The French socialist government presents same-sex marriage law as being in historical continuity with the ideals of the Republic, defining marriage as a republican institution embodying equality and secularization, while the Spanish socialist government has used marriage as a source of political polarization and proof of modernity.

Keywords

Same-sex marriage France Spain Equality Republic Heteronormativity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Réjane Sénac
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  1. 1.Centre de recherches politiques de Sciences PoCNRS - Sciences Po, PRESAGEParisFrance

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