David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
This article documents a global movement to legalize same-sex marriage, and argues that it jeopardizes both public and private interests in marriage. Legalization of same-sex marriage is correlated with dilution of the social meaning and significance of marriage, and with reduced public commitment to and support for families. The transformation of marriage by inclusion of relationships with different expectations, characteristics and moral behavior styles threatens the integrity, fidelity, and monogamy the social institution of marriage, as well as children and adults who invest in and depend upon marriage. The threat to civil rights of opponents of same-sex marriage is reviewed, and intimations of some renewal of respect for conjugal marriage in some regions of the world is noted, including the 137 nations that have adopted explicit constitutional provisions protecting marriage and/or family relations. Based on a paper that was presented at the World Congress of Families in Warsaw, Poland in 2007, this article opens and closes quoting "Night" by Elie Wiezel to emphasize the need to speak up (like Moishe the Beadle) and never be silent about perceived dangers. Three appendices track the growth of legalization of same-sex marriage and unions in nations and states, and list the national and state constitutional provisions protecting conjugal marriage and families.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Lina Papadaki (2010). Kantian Marriage and Beyond: Why It Is Worth Thinking About Kant on Marriage. Hypatia 25 (2):276 - 294.
Lawrence Torcello (2008). Is the State Endorsement of Any Marriage Justifiable? Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions, and the Marriage Privatization Model. Public Affairs Quarterly 22 (1):43-61.
Debra B. Bergoffen (1999). Marriage, Autonomy, and the Feminine Protest. Hypatia 14 (4):18-35.
Benjamin A. Gorman (2004). Brief Refutations of Some Common Arguments Against Same-Sex Marriage. American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues 4 (1):13-15.
Matthew C. Altman (2010). Kant on Sex and Marriage: The Implications for the Same-Sex Marriage Debate. Kant-Studien 101 (3):309-330.
Loren Cannon (2009). Trans-Marriage and the Unacceptability of Same-Sex Marriage Restrictions. Social Philosophy Today 25:75-89.
Mark E. Wojcik, The Wedding Bells Heard Around the World: Years From Now, Will We Wonder Why We Worried About Same-Sex Marriage?
Lara Denis (2001). From Friendship to Marriage: Revising Kant. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 63 (1):1-28.
Andrew Stivers & Andrew Valls (2007). Same-Sex Marriage and the Regulation of Language. Politics, Philosophy and Economics 6 (2):237-253.
Brook J. Sadler (2010). Public or Private Good? The Contested Meaning of Marriage. Social Philosophy Today 26:23-38.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads62 ( #25,872 of 1,099,564 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #300,754 of 1,099,564 )
How can I increase my downloads?