Arbitrariness, Irrationality, and the Sterility Objection: A Reply to Anderson

Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 18 (1):135-144 (2015)
Does the contemporary Natural Law position that only heterosexual couples are capable of marriage rest upon an “arbitrary and irrational distinction between same-sex couples and sterile heterosexual couples?” Anderson :759–775, 2013: 759). There are many who think so. In a recent article in these pages, Erik Anderson offers his case that these critics are correct. In what follows I examine Anderson’s argument and conclude that, whether or not one ultimately agrees with the New Natural Law account of marriage, the distinction found there between same sex couples and sterile heterosexual couples is neither arbitrary nor irrational
Keywords Natural law  Marriage  Sterility objection
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