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Against Marriage: An Egalitarian Defence of the Marriage-Free State

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2018.02.29 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Clare Chambers, Against Marriage: An Egalitarian Defence of the Marriage-Free State, Oxford University Press, 2017, 226 pp., $35.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198744009. Reviewed by Shelley M. Park, University of Central Florida Clare Chambers provides a clear, lucid and timely argument against state-recognized marriage based on the liberal principles of liberty and equality. Canvassing a broad range of philosophical literature on marriage, she argues persuasively that state-sponsored "marriage regimes" violate core principles of liberalism including value neutrality and non-discrimination, and should be replaced with piecemeal regulations of relationships that protect vulnerable parties from injustice without privileging particular relationship statuses. The book has two parts, each with three chapters. In Part I, Chambers offers her critique of marriage as a state-sponsored institution conferring a package of rights. . .

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