Same sex marriage should not be legalised
24 May 2012
The issue of same-sex marriage is developing as one of the most contentious issues in Australia and the United States in the lead up to elections in both countries. And in what will undoubtedly be a controversial public debate, the University of Sydney's Professor Annamarie Jagose will be speaking for the controversial proposition: "Same-sex marriage should not be legalised" at the City Recital Hall in Sydney on Tuesday 29 May.
The debate is part of the Intelligence Squared series run by the St James Ethics Centre.
Professor Jagose, Head of the School of Letters, Arts and Media, has published widely in the areas of feminist studies and queer theory. Her latest scholarly book Orgasmology is forthcoming this year from Duke University Press.
"Allowing some gay men and lesbians to marry will not stop marriage from being exclusionary," Professor Jagose said. "Marriage recognises the worth of some relationships by raising them over the worth of others.
"I'm hoping to persuade a few people that there is a progressive, pro-gay perspective that is not in favour of the legalisation of same-sex marriage.
"Positions on this issue are fairly entrenched and I think the pro-gay anti-marriage position is given less air time in public discussion than some other perspectives."
When asked about the symbolic nature of marriage for gays and lesbians, Professor Jagose said: "I am drawn instead to the symbolism of the collective refusal of marriage as a political goal for lesbians and gay men."
Alongside Professor Jagose will be Professor Nick Tonti-Filippini, Associate Dean and head of Bio-Ethics at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family. Arguing for same-sex marriage to be legalised will be Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney, and Mark Textor, an opinion pollster and former political adviser.
When: 6.45 to 8.30pm, Tuesday 29 May
Where: City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney. See map and directions
Cost: $32, student/pension $22
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