The gay marriage debate – afterthoughts

Think 13 (36):23-31 (2014)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

This article analyses some familiar arguments both for, and against, same-sex civil marriage. I argue that it is not enough to defend gay marriage by a simple appeal to equality, unless one addresses the view that same-sex marriage would be contrary to the objective nature and purpose of marriage. I illustrate the ways in which a stand-off is reached in discussions of this particular matter. I also suggest that there is a mystery about what the from a faithful relationship to marriage amounts to, but that part of the answer is that marriage embodies a state-recognized social transition. This is underpinned by the interest that society has in marriage, largely owing to its facilitating a stable environment for children. However, I suggest that marriage also properly functions as a way to uphold commitment and love, and conclude that that there is no good reason not to uphold those things in same-sex relationships. But I concede that religious organisations with theological objections to same-sex marriage should not be obliged to conduct gay weddings

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 89,528

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Reforming Marriage: A Comparative Approach.Laurie Shrage - 2013 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 30 (2):107-121.
Same-Sex Marriage: Not a Threat to Marriage or Children.Timothy F. Murphy - 2011 - Journal of Social Philosophy 42 (3):288-304.
Just Love? Marriage and the Question of Justice.Pauline Kleingeld - 1998 - Social Theory and Practice 24 (2):261-281.
Brief Refutations of Some Common Arguments against Same-Sex Marriage.Benjamin A. Gorman - 2004 - American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues 4 (1):13-15.
Kant on the Law of Marriage.Allan Beever - 2013 - Kantian Review 18 (3):339-362.
A Populist Argument for Same-Sex Marriage.Alex Rajczi - 2008 - The Monist 91 (3-4):475-505.

Analytics

Added to PP
2013-12-18

Downloads
97 (#161,311)

6 months
3 (#431,291)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references