This essay intends to place family into Political Liberalism according to the debate among Okin and Rawls. I suggest the reconsideration of family as consisting of two distinct aspects – adult relationships as private associations and reproductive relationships between children and their parents as an institution of the basic structure. This enables to address concerns about effects of a gender biased society without implementing comprehensive doctrines in the political sphere. I criticise common justifications of state supported forms of adult partnerships. The replacement of reproductive relationships within the basic structure suggests a priority of basic rights of future citizens over parental rights.
How to Cite:
Franz, J.-M., 2015. How Ought We Treat Family in Political Liberalism? Implications of the Separation of Parent-Child Relationship and Marriage. Rerum Causae, 7(1), pp.72–81.