Society and Identity
Co-Authors: Dirk Schulz - Dr, University of Cologne
After decades of debates and struggles, the German government finally changed the law in 2017, so that marriage is no longer exclusively between "man and woman". Since that day, "marriage for everybody" has become a slogan and point of reference in the public debate. But who signifies as "everybody"? Has homosexuality now finally reached a widespread acceptance in society and even become backed up by the powers that be? Or are only those formations/performances acceptable that succumb to rather than trouble a heteronormative, bourgeois order? In our contribution we would like to draw attention to different means of subversion and resistance on the one hand, but on the other also to various forms of daily and institutional performativity that may challenge but may also affirm normative conceptualisations of love, romance, and the family. Can the new law pave the way for acknowledging more inclusive and "queerer" ways of togetherness or does it solidify and privilege adherence to (hetero)normative conceptions?