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The idea of this book began in a conversation David Blankenhorn had with the president of Freedom to Marry, a group advocating equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. This man asked Blankenhorn, a leading figure in the “marriage movement,” to endorse his group’s objectives. Feeling a bit defensive, Blankenhorn replied, “Every child deserves a mother and a father.” The Future of Marriage is the result of that conversation. In their current demands, Blankenhorn points out, gay and lesbian leaders are not ...
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The Future of Marriage

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Overview


The idea of this book began in a conversation David Blankenhorn had with the president of Freedom to Marry, a group advocating equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. This man asked Blankenhorn, a leading figure in the “marriage movement,” to endorse his group’s objectives. Feeling a bit defensive, Blankenhorn replied, “Every child deserves a mother and a father.” The Future of Marriage is the result of that conversation. In their current demands, Blankenhorn points out, gay and lesbian leaders are not asking for marriage with an adjective in front of it, but marriage itself. So in that sense, what marriage is and why it matters is ultimately what this debate is all about. What exactly is this institution to which gay and lesbian activists are seeking access? Why do we have it in the first place? Where did it come from? What is it for? How is it changing? These are some of the hard questions The Future of Marriage confronts. David Blankenhorn says that if same sex marriage debate is to be “redemptive rather than merely divisive,” it must accept the principle that all persons are equal in dignity. But it must also help us to rediscover and renew marriage as the main protector of our children and our primary social institution.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594033599
  • Publisher: Encounter Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 335
  • File size: 674 KB

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David Blankenhorn is president of the Institute for American Values, a nonpartisan organization devoted to research and publication on family and civil society issues. He is the author of Fatherless America: Confronting Our Most Urgent Social Problem. He lives in New York City with his wife and their three children.
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Table of Contents

Preface Jonathan Rauch xi

Introduction 1

1 What Is Marriage? 11

2 Prehistory 23

3 The River Valleys 41

4 The Trobriand Islands 69

5 What Marriage Is 91

6 Deinstitutionalize Marriage? 127

7 Goods in Conflict 171

8 Determining Marriage's Fate 213

Appendix: Topics in the Anthropology of Kinship 247

Acknowledgments 263

Notes 265

Index 317

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