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49 Conn. L. Rev. CONNtemplations 1 (2017)
Polyamory, Offense, and Obergefell

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                    CONNECTICUT

                  LAW REVIEW

VOLUME  49                   ONuNE                     MAY  2017


                              Essay

              Polyamory,   Offense,  and  Obergefell

                       TIMOTHY  R. HOLBROOK

    In his dissent in Obergefell v. Hodges, Justice Thomas suggested that
comparisons between same-sex marriage and interracial marriage bans
are  offensive and inaccurate.  The language of offense is striking,
particularly given Justice Thomas's otherwise respectful tone in other
cases involving the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer
(LGBTQ)  people. It also provides an interesting juxtaposition to the Chief
Justice's dissent, which compares same-sex marriage to plural marriage.
This essay explores this rhetoric of offense and suggests that these various
comparisons are the result of traditional legal argumentation. Thus, the
LGBTQ   community  should not take offense at comparisons to plural
marriage.


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