The too-brief version of some of these arguments is as follows:
“…morally salient features commonly attributed to marriage [include] promise, commitment, basic human goods, virtues, and care.” But marriage should be de-moralized: “Marriage is neither necessary nor sufficient for the goods often associated with it, it creates no sui generis moral status, and it produces harms and injustices that must be weighed against its goods. While there may be special goods in caring relationships, they do not depend on marriage — and indeed, the special value attributed to marriage has penalized caring relationships that fail to meet the marital norm.”
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My thoughts on this are too long and undisciplined, unfocused, but despite feeling like I would disagree on just about everything in it, I still want to read the book.