Debating Same-Sex Marriage

Debating Same-Sex Marriage

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As the uproar over the recent New York State law demonstrates, same-sex marriage is a perennial hot-button issue, certain to impact the 2012 election. Debating Same-Sex Marriage provides a useful roadmap to both sides of this contentious matter. Taking a "point/counterpoint" approach, John Corvino (a philosopher and a prominent gay advocate) and Maggie Gallagher (a nationally syndicated columnist and co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage) consider key questions about the institution itself: What is marriage for? Is marriage meant to be a gendered institution? Why is the state in the business of sanctioning marriage? Where do the needs of children fit in? Will legalization of same-sex marriage lead to legalization of polygamy? Corvino argues that society should support same-sex marriage because of its interest in supporting stable households for all its members, gay and straight alike. Gallagher argues that government recognition of same-sex unions as marriages will disconnect marriage from its key public mission furthering responsible procreation, while stigmatizing traditional views of sex, marriage and family as bigotry. Both agree that the issue deserves thoughtful, rigorous more

Product details

  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 22mm | 362.87g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0199756317
  • 9780199756315
  • 371,192

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... a valuable addition to the debate. * Publishers Weekly * ...a valuable introduction to the debate * Megan Pearson, London School of Economics Review of Books * this is a very useful book, especially in the way that it sets out the public reason arguments for and against same-sex marriage, and so lets readers evaluate which are more persuasive ... The book can and should be widely used in undergraduate courses in philosophy as well as other disciplines, and could be useful in law or public policy graduate programs, as well as appealing to the general educated public. * Matthew Lister, Criminal Law and Philosophy *show more

About John Corvino

John Corvino is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wayne State University Maggie Gallagher is co-founder of the National Organization for Marriageshow more

Table of contents

1. What Marriage is For ; 2. The History of Marriage ; 3. The Significance of Gender ; 4. The Needs of Children ; 5. The Needs of Adults ; 6. Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Freedom ; 7. The Slippery-Slope to Polygamy ; 8. "By Any Other Name": Civil Unions, Domestic Partnerships, and Other Statusesshow more

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