The sexual and theological ethics of gay marriage in France: a dialectic between autonomy and universalism

McCaffrey, E. ORCID: 0000-0002-8336-9860, 2006. The sexual and theological ethics of gay marriage in France: a dialectic between autonomy and universalism. Theology and Sexuality, 12 (3), pp. 263-284. ISSN 1355-8358

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The debate on gay marriage has gathered pace globally and particularly in France. Here, the secularization of marriage as an ‘acte laïque’ has furthered progress towards a political and juridic recognition of gay marriage. The Catholic church (Vatican) has opposed this development in its re-enforcement of Catholic sexual ethics and the distinction it draws between secular and religious definitions of marriage. Complicating this distinction is the per-ception of a trend towards post-secularism in France where religion is making a return to democratic debates on citizenship and gender, and raising concerns over the status of the civility of the marriage act. The focus of this article is to look at gay marriage from the perspective of con-temporary ethical and theological thinking. Specifically, I aim to examine alternative discourses that open up new ways of configuring gay marriage through an examination of concepts of integrity, responsibility and asceti-cism, and critically the ethical relationship between autonomy and norms.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Theology and Sexuality
Creators: McCaffrey, E.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 2006
Volume: 12
Number: 3
ISSN: 1355-8358
Rights: Copyright 2006 by Sage Publications. All rights reserved. No portion of the contents may be reproduced in any form without written permission of the publisher.
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
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Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:04
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:18

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