Debating Same-Sex Marriage

Paperback | May 9, 2012

byJohn Corvino, Maggie Gallagher

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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, JohnCorvino (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 thestate 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 missionfurthering responsible procreation, while stigmatizing traditional views of sex, marriage and family as bigotry. Both agree that the issue deserves thoughtful, rigorous engagement.

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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, JohnCorvino (a philosopher and a prominent gay advo...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:May 9, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199756317

ISBN - 13:9780199756315

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Table of Contents

1. What Marriage is For?2. The History of Marriage3. The Significance of Gender4. The Needs of Children5. The Needs of Adults6. Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Freedom7. The Slippery-Slope to Polygamy8. "By Any Other Name": Civil Unions, Domestic Partnerships, and Other Statuses