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dc.contributor.author Lenon, Suzanne
dc.date.accessioned 2018-06-14T20:45:53Z
dc.date.available 2018-06-14T20:45:53Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Lenon, S. (2016). Intervening in the context of white settler colonialism: West Coast LEAF, gender equality and the Polygamy Reference. Onati Socio-legal Series, 6(6), 1324-1347. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10133/5129
dc.description Open access, licensed under CC-BY-NC-ND en_US
dc.description.abstract In November 2011, the British Columbia Supreme Court released its judgement in Reference re: s.293 of the Criminal Code of Canada, upholding the prohibition on polygamy as constitutional. The Polygamy Reference, as it is known, concluded that the pressing and substantial objective of s. 293 is the prevention of harm to women, to children, and to the institution of monogamous marriage. This paper analyzes the submissions made by the feminist legal education organization, West Coast LEAF, one of the few feminist 'voices' taken seriously by the court. The apprehension of polygamy's harms was central to the Reference case. West Coast LEAF offered one of the most nuanced interpretations of how the criminal prohibition on polygamy should be interpreted with respect to harm. Yet as this paper argues, its position conceals and is underpinned by racialized relations of power that, however unwittingly, give weight to and indeed require the racial logic of white settler state sovereignty articulated in the Polygamy References' overall narrative. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Onati International Institute for the Sociology of Law en_US
dc.subject Polygamy en_US
dc.subject Canada en_US
dc.subject West Coast LEAF en_US
dc.subject Settler colonialism en_US
dc.subject Race en_US
dc.subject Section 293 en_US
dc.subject Polygamous marriage en_US
dc.subject Monogamous marriage en_US
dc.subject Polygamy Reference en_US
dc.subject Harm en_US
dc.subject Gender equality en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Polygamy--Law and legislation--Canada
dc.subject.lcsh West Coast Women's Legal Education and Action Fund
dc.subject.lcsh Marriage law--Canada
dc.title Intervening in the context of white settler colonialism: West Coast LEAF, gender equality, and the Polygamy Reference en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Women and Gender Studies en_US
dc.description.peer-review Yes en_US
dc.publisher.institution University of Lethbridge en_US


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