But what you probably haven't heard are concrete, rational reasons why same-sex marriage is or is not a good idea for individuals and communities. Dr. Bill Maier and Glenn T. Stanton, both experts in the fields of psychology and sociology, offer such reasons. Arguing against same-sex marriage and parenting in Marriage on Trial, they draw on current social science research to offer clear and cogent answers to the questions at the center of the debate, including Is marriage a public or private matter?Can marriage be redefined, legally and socially?How will allowing marriage between homosexuals affect families and communities?How does same-sex parenting affect children?
Helping you sift through the emotion, the rhetoric and the myths, Stanton and Maier provide in this book a compelling counter-argument to those who advocate homosexual marriage and a thought-provoking assessment of the psychological and sociological harm that homosexual marriage (if legalized and legitimized) will do to communities and children.
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About the Author
He is the author of Why Marriage Matters and a contributor to many books, including Same-Sex Marriage: The Moral and Legal Debate. His book My Crazy, Imperfect Christian Family explores the virtue of imperfect families and the sacredness of the mundaneness of family life.
Stanton has published articles in Christianity Today, the American Enterprise, National Forum, Citizen, Dr. Laura's Perspective, Christian American and The Sunday Times. He is also a winner of the 2001 Amy Foundation Writing Award and is featured in the PBS documentary Affluenza. As a media spokesperson for Focus on the Family, he has been interviewed by hundreds of print and media outlets, including MSNBC and CNN, and he has been quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA TODAY, Salon.com, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, the Washington Blade and the Advocate.
A graduate of the University of West Florida, Stanton earned a master's degree in interdisciplinary humanities with an emphasis in philosophy, history and religion. He has taught in each of these disciplines.
Maier is a clinical psychologist and serves as vice president and psychologist-in-residence at Focus on the Family, based in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
He hosts the national Weekend Magazine radio program and The Family Minute with Dr. Bill Maier. He is a regular contributor to Focus on the Family magazine and has written for Current Thoughts and Trends, Today's Christian Woman, the Houston Chronicle and the Colorado Springs Gazette.
Maier received his master's and doctoral degrees from the Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University. He has served at respected institutions such as Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Camarillo State Hospital and the Long Beach Child Guidance Center. He has extensive experience in parent training and education, and his major area of research interest is the impact of cultural trends on child development and family functioning.
Table of ContentsNote to Readers
How This Book Will Equip You to Make the Case for Marriage
Section I: Answering the Same-Sex Marriage Proponents
1. What's Wrong with Letting Homosexuals Marry?
2. Isn't This Primarily an Issue of Justice?
3. Haven't Other Cultures Had Same-Sex Marriage?
4. How Would Homosexual Marriage Threaten Other Families?
5. Wouldn't Gay Marriage Make for a More Open and Equitable Society?
6. Don't Children Just Need Loving Parents?
7. Haven't Professional Medical Groups Said Same-Sex Parenting Is Fine for Kids?
Cheat Sheet for Section I
Section II: Understanding How Marriage Matters to Adults, Children and Society
8. How Does Marriage Benefit Adults?
9. How Does Marriage Benefit Children?
10. Why Do Children Need Mothers and Fathers?
11. How Heterosexuals Paved the Way for the Same-Sex Family Cheat Sheet for Section II
Section III: Debunking the Myths About Homosexuality
12. Are Homosexuals "Born Gay"?
13. Is Homosexuality "Normal and Natural"?
14. Can Homosexuals Change Their Sexual Orientation?
15. Do All Homosexuals Want to Get Married?
Cheat Sheet for Section III
Conclusion: A Christian Understanding of Marriage
Appendix: Is There Hope for the Homosexual? A Discussion on Change and Hope with Mike Haley and Melissa Fryrear