Debating Same-Sex Marriage

Debating Same-Sex Marriage

by John Corvino, Maggie Gallagher

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Polls and election results show Americans sharply divided on same-sex marriage, and the controversy is unlikely to subside anytime soon. Debating Same-Sex Marriage provides an indispensable roadmap to the ongoing debate. Taking a "point/counterpoint" approach, John Corvino (a philosopher and prominent gay advocate) and Maggie Gallagher (a nationally syndicated columnist and co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage) explore fundamental questions: What is marriage for? Is sexual difference essential to it? Why does the government sanction it? What are the implications of same-sex marriage for children's welfare, for religious freedom, and for our understanding of marriage itself? While the authors disagree on many points, they share the following conviction: Because marriage is a vital public institution, this issue deserves a comprehensive, rigorous, thoughtful debate.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199756315
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 06/01/2012
Series: Oxford Point/Counterpoint Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

John Corvino is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wayne State University.

Maggie Gallagher is co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The Case for Same-Sex Marriage, John Corvino
3. The Case Against Same-Sex Marriage, Maggie Gallagher
4. Reply to Gallagher, John Corvino
5. Reply to Corvino, Maggie Gallagher

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