In Wedlocked: The Perils of Marriage Equality, Katherine Franke asks what kind of freedom and what kind of equality the capacity to marry mobilizes. She explores this question comparatively through, on the one hand, the case of African Americans after slavery and, on the other, the options for sexual minorities in the United States after the legal case of Obergefell v. Hodges. This essay considers the role of the contemporary marriage equality movement as a vehicle for lgbtq political transformation through the experiences of a group that lies at the intersection of the arguments advanced in Wedlocked: African American lgbtq people interested in the right to marry. Drawing from the experiences of African American lgbtq people and their intraracial relationships as they relate to the marriage equality campaign, the author explores what might be gained for socially oppressed populations when marriage is used as the platform for reducing the stigma associated with same-sex desire.

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