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[13PacRimLPolyJ771] Gay Marriage: Analyzing Legal Strategies for Reforms in Hong Kong and the United States

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dc.contributor.author Warren, Robin A.
dc.contributor.author Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-08T22:43:39Z
dc.date.available 2011-02-08T22:43:39Z
dc.date.issued 2004-06
dc.identifier.citation 13 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 771 (2004) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1066-8632
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773.1/707
dc.description.abstract Abstract: Like many countries, both the United States and Hong Kong face the question of whether to legalize gay marriage due to social, legal, and political forces within and beyond their borders. The legalization of same-sex marriage in one jurisdiction forces other jurisdictions to decide whether to recognize marriages celebrated there. Comparing the current state of U.S. and Hong Kong law reveals that only a direct challenge to discriminatory marriage laws will successfully effect change. Two U.S. state supreme court decisions provide examples of effective legal arguments in a direct challenge. Conflict of laws analysis for marriage and the public policy exception to the place of celebration rule in the United States and Hong Kong preclude "importing" gay marriage by availing oneself of friendlier law in another forum. Ultimately, the timing must be ripe to effectively mount a direct challenge. In the meantime, every effort made, even if unsuccessful, raises awareness within a forum, and slowly gives rise to tolerance. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Seattle: Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal, University of Washington School of Law en_US
dc.subject Comment en_US
dc.title [13PacRimLPolyJ771] Gay Marriage: Analyzing Legal Strategies for Reforms in Hong Kong and the United States en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.rights.holder Copyright 2004 by Pacific Rim Law & Policy Association en_US


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