Same-sex marriage and the pinkwashing of state migration controls

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In May 2015, the Republic of Ireland became the first country to affirm same-sex marriage through the popular vote. This paper explores how the same-sex marriage referendum enabled the Irish state to pinkwash its migration regimes, thereby naturalizing harsh policies that reproduce gendered, sexual, racial, economic, and geopolitical inequalities. Following scholars' suggestions that state migration regimes should be analyzed comprehensively rather than piecemeal, the paper explores where/how the language and logics of the same-sex marriage referendum interfaced with the Irish state’s strategies for managing the diaspora, tourists, and family reunification for migrant workers, refugees and asylum seekers. The paper concludes that coalitions such as the Anti-Racism Network Ireland provide critical models for addressing LGBT and migration struggles as interlinked.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-424
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Feminist Journal of Politics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 3 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Ireland
  • LGBT migrants
  • Same-sex marriage
  • diaspora
  • homonationalism
  • homonormativity
  • pinkwash
  • refugees
  • state migration regimes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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