Future of Marriage

Future of Marriage

by David Blankenhorn
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Encounter Books


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Future of Marriage

With precision and passion, David Blankenhorn offers a bold new argument in the debate over same-sex marriage: that it would essentially deny all children, not just the children of same-sex couples, their birthright to their own mother and father. If we change marriage, we change parenthood-for all families. Altering marriage to accommodate same-sex couples would mean weakening in culture and eliminating in law the idea that children need both their mother and their father.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2901594032416
Publisher: Encounter Books
Publication date: 05/25/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 335
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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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