In January 2020, Routledge published a book on Same-Sex Relationships, Law and Social Change edited by Dr Frances Hamilton and me.
This edited collection provides a forum for rigorous analysis of the necessity for both legal and social change with regard to regulation of same-sex relationships and rainbow families, the status of civil partnership as a concept and the lived reality of equality for LGBTQ+ persons.
Twenty-eight jurisdictions worldwide have now legalised same-sex marriage and many others some level of civil partnership. In contrast other jurisdictions refuse to recognise or even criminalise same-sex relationships. At a Council of Europe level, there is no requirement for contracting states to legalise same-sex marriage (Schalk and Kopf v Austria (Application no. 30141/04)). The Court of Justice of the European Union now requires contracting states to recognise same-sex marriages for the purpose of free movement and residency rights (Case C-673/16 Coman). However, unlike the US Supreme Court, it does not require EU Member States to legalise same-sex marriage. Law and Sociology scholars from five key jurisdictions (England and Wales, Italy, Australia, Canada, and the Republic of Ireland) examine the role of the Council of Europe, European Union and further international regimes. A balanced approach between the competing views of critically analytical rights-based theorists and queer and feminist theorists interrogates the current international consensus in this fast moving area. The incrementalist theory whilst offering a methodology for future advances continues to be critiqued. All contributions from differing perspectives expose that even for those jurisdictions who have legalised same-sex marriage, still further and continuous work needs to be done.
The book is of interest to students and scholars in the field of human rights, family and marriage law and gender studies.
My chapter (‘The European approach to recognising, downgrading, and erasing same-sex marriages celebrated abroad‘) can be downloaded in the Research Projects section of this website.
The book, available also as an e-book, can be purchased on Routledge’s website.