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|Introduction: The Imagination Gap||1|
|1.||What Is Marriage For?||11|
|2.||Accept No Substitutes||29|
|3.||How Gays Will Benefit||55|
|4.||How Straights Will Benefit||72|
|5.||How Marriage Will Benefit||86|
|6.||Married, Without Children||104|
|8.||Men Behaving Badly||138|
|9.||The Debt to Tradition||159|
|10.||Getting It Right||172|
|11.||A Golden Anniversary||192|
Posted February 16, 2010
This book was a good read. I felt the author, as he was trying to persuade his audience that marriage for gays in America is not so bad. He has acknowledged that fact that is good for America as a whole. I respect Jonathan Rauch and his emotional like approach, in which helped readers like me to understand what the gay community is going through as a whole. This book opened my eye to accept the gay community and there right to marry, because Rauch's evidence and facts about this subject persuaded me as a reader. Although Rauch lacked evidence on the political side of things he made up for it with his compelling argument as to why it would benefit America.
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Posted June 21, 2008
In a restatment of his arguments here, Mr. Rauch expends 19 paragraphs in the WSJ (21Jun, p.A9) in search of Gay Marriage. Doesn't he realize there is no such thing? Marriage is not a liberation, it is a promise to work hard for the benefit of the expected child. If you disagree, please consider the term 'shotgun marriage'. Do you know of any gay shotgun marriages? ..Why not? How about the 'arranged marriage'? What was the socially intended product? Was it personal expression and happiness? Or was it children in the family line? Mr. Rauch repeatedly broadcasts the term 'family'. My Random House Dictionary defines family pointedly: 'Family is parents and their children.' Is it really wise to forget that? Mr. Rauch seeks to redefine marriage as an arrival upon the shores of joy, rather than its long standing meaning of an embarkment intended to engender children. Must we lose such an important distinction? No one wants to deny joy to anyone, but the pursuit of happiness does not require us to dissolve the focus and goal of marriage. Why should we want to do that? P.s., In chemistry, we have covalent and ionic bonds. Great structures arise from each! We are called 'learned' if we understand the difference and advantages of each! Knowledge is a true freedom! 'Sex is an act, not a condition' G. Vidal, 'Commitment is an act, not a word' J.P. Sartre
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Posted May 15, 2004
A book debating both sides of the gay marriage debate. Jonathan looks at both sides of the argument (why gay marriage should be allowed, why it shouldn't) so you aren't getting a biased view. He's fair and even and is looking at all solutions from many different points. A wonderful read, whether you are for or against gay marriage.
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Posted August 11, 2012
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