Recognising (and Resisting) Regulation: Attitudes to the introduction of civil partnership

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This article is an exploration of lesbians’ and gay men’s
views about the introduction of civil partnership in the UK. The
article draws on 10 in-depth interviews carried out as part of a
wider research project examining legal consciousness and
sexuality. The focus is to explore some of the more ‘critical’
views about the effects of legal recognition that were raised by
participants in this study. I begin by outlining the theoretical and
methodological approaches used in this exploration of lesbians’
and gay men’s experiences of the introduction of civil
partnership. I then move on to analyse participants’ views about
the legal recognition of same-sex relationships, focusing on two
themes: the complex interplays between recognition and
regulation; and participants’ views about the uneasy relationship
between civil partnership and marriage.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)741-762
Number of pages21
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008