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1 CSU - Cultures et sociétés urbaines - UMR7112 2 CEIFR - Centre d-études interdisciplinaires des faits religieux

Abstract : Vermont, one of the smallest US states, implemented in 2000 a new form of recognized partnership for same-sex couples. A -civil union- gives the couple that contracts it the same benefits a marriage gives to a heterosexual couple. As with a marriage, ministers pastors, priests, rabbis are agents of the state when performing a civil union. Following an intense cultural conflict, the implementation of civil unions was simultaneous with a speedy accommodation on the part of the churches. I will provide two explanations for this phenomenon. First, civil unions of the religious type, understood as a religious consumption, provide incentives for an economic routinization. Second, I focus on the work of the ministers: through various appeals to the legal order, they try to find ways to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies.

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Keywords : religion marriage gay lesbian homosexuality USA Vermont law civil union sociology

Mots-clés : mariage homosexualité droit Etats-Unis d-Amérique sociologie

Author: Baptiste Coulmont -



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