Florida Philosophical Review 8 (1):157-163 (2008)

Shelley M. Park
University of Central Florida
This paper comments on the strategies and goals of a politics of recognition as celebrated by Nancy Nicol’s important documentary coverage of the gay and lesbian movement for family rights in Quebec. While agreeing that ending legal discrimination against lgbt families is important, I suggest that political recognition of same-sex families and their children is a too limited goal for queer families and their allies. Moreover, it is a goal, I argue, that often trades on trades on troublesome assumptions about gender, class, race, age and normative commitments to monogamy as these relate to distinctions between, for example, “fit” and “unfit” parents.
Keywords queer theory  recognition  equality  queer families  marriage equality  family rights  family discrimination  legalizing gay marriage  legalizing gay adoption
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