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Untying the Knot:
Marriage, the State, and the Case for Their Divorce
Tamara Metz

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"Untying the Knot is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in the current struggles over the nature, meaning, and significance of marriage, and it borders on being a must-read for anyone with a serious interest in the relationship between liberalism and marriage."--Eric M. Cave, Social Theory and Practice

"[T]his book . . . is a forceful volley that effectively changes the terms of the marriage debate, forcing us to argue about fundamental assumptions as well as implications."--Michele Pridmore-Brown, European Legacy

"An obvious strength of this work is Metz's clarity of argument, both in terms of her careful and considered analysis and her exceptionally clear writing style. Her prose is refreshingly enjoyable to read, and spells out her case at a measured pace. Whether or not you agree with the argument Metz presents, you will understand it."--Amy Watson, LSE Politics and Policy blog

"In her thought-provoking book, Metz makes a compelling case. . . . This is a straightforward and important book."--Timothy J. Woods, INTAMS Review


"In clear and jargon-free writing, Tamara Metz makes a persuasive case for the separation of marriage and the state. Readers who pick up this book to inform themselves about the same-sex marriage debate will be led to wonder why the state involves itself in marriage at all."--Shelley Burtt, author of Virtue Transformed

"This provocative and timely book makes an important contribution to our understanding of both liberal political theory and what marriage law should be. The writing is clear, succinct, and a pleasure to read. This book is essential reading for everyone interested in the family, political theory, public policy, or law."--Mary Lyndon Shanley, Vassar College

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