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Debating Same-Sex Marriage
by John Corvino Details
Polls and election results show Americans sharply divided on same-sex marriage, and the controversy is unlikely to subside anytime soon. This work provides a roadmap to the ongoing debate. Taking a "point/counterpoint" approach, the authors, one a philosopher and prominent gay advocate, and the other a nationally syndicated columnist and co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage, explore fundamental questions: What is marriage for? Is sexual difference essential to it? Why does the government sanction it? What are the implications of same-sex marriage for children's welfare, for religious freedom, and for our understanding of marriage itself? While the authors disagree on many points, they share the following conviction: Because marriage is a vital public institution, this issue deserves a comprehensive, rigorous, thoughtful debate.
From the Closet to the Altar: Courts, Backlash, and the Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage
by Michael J Klarman Details
Same-sex marriage has become one of the most volatile issues in American politics. But if most young people support gay marriage, and if there are clear indicators that a substantial majority of the population will soon favor it, why has the outcry against it been so strong? Bancroft Prize-winning historian and legal expert Michael Klarman here offers an illuminating and engaging account of modern litigation over same-sex marriage. From the Closet to the Altar will stand as the definitive one-volume history of the tumultuous emergence of same-sex marriage in American life as well as a landmark study of litigation, social reform, and the phenomenon of political backlash to court decisions.
Outlaw Marriages: the Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples
by Rodger Streitmatter Details
For more than a century before gay marriage became a hot-button political issue, same-sex unions flourished in America. Pairs of men and pairs of women joined together in committed unions, standing by each other "for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health" for periods of thirty or forty--sometimes as many as fifty --years. In short, they loved and supported each other every bit as much as any husband and wife. In Outlaw Marriages , cultural historian Rodger Streitmatter reveals how some of these unions didn't merely improve the quality of life for the two people involved but also enriched the American culture. Among the high-profile couples whose lives and loves are illuminated in the following pages are Nobel Peace Prize winner Jane Addams and Mary Rozet Smith, literary icon Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, author James Baldwin and Lucien Happersberger, and artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg.
Same-Sex Marriage in the United States: the Road to the Supreme Court
by Jason Pierceson Details
Same-sex marriage has become one of the defining social issues in contemporary U.S. politics. State court decisions finding in favor of same-sex relationship equality claims have been central to the issue's ascent from nowhere to near the top of the national political agenda. Same Sex Marriage in the United States tells the story of the legal and cultural shift, its backlash, and how it has evolved over the past 15 years. There is a clear story of jurisprudential evolution with regards to same-sex marriage from Hawaii, through Vermont, Massachusetts, New Jersey, California, Connecticut, and, remarkably, Iowa in 2009. This book aids in a classroom examination of the legal, political, and social developments surrounding the issue of same-sex marriage in the United States. While books about same-sex marriage have proliferated in recent years, few, if any, have provided a clear and comprehensive account of the litigation for same-sex marriage, and its successes and failures, as this book does.
What's Wrong With Same-Sex Marriage?
by D. James Kennedy Details
In recent court decisions, the homosexual activist movement has made huge strides toward legalizing same-sex marriage in the made huge strides toward legalizing same-sex marriage in the United States. With the help of a handful of judges, a tiny fraction of our population is on the verge of redefining the institution of marriage for all of us.This goes beyond politics-it is a moral issue. And in this book, D. James Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe offer a Christian response. The Bible is clear: Homosexuality is a sin, and marriage is for one man and one woman.Kennedy and Newcombe use Scripture to show what God says about homosexuality and marriage. They also examine statistics and case studies that dispel many of the myths about homosexuality. They appeal to us to make an organized response to same-sex marriage-while maintaining a loving attitude toward homosexuals as human beings.These days it's not "politically correct" to say that homosexuality is wrong. But it's not culture's responsibility to determine right and wrong. There is only one Authority who can do that, and it is up to us to stand behind His Word.
When Gay People Get Married: What Happens When Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage
by M. V. Lee Badgett Details
Winner of the 2010 Distinguished Book Award from the American Psychological Association's 44th Division (the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues). When Gay People Get Married gives readers a primer on the current state of the same-sex marriage debate, and a new way of framing the issue that provides valuable new insights into the political, social, and personal stakes involved. The experiences of other countries and these pioneering American states serve as a crystal ball as we grapple with this polarizing issue in the American context. The evidence shows both that marriage changes gay people more than gay people change marriage, and that it is the most liberal countries and states making the first move to recognize gay couples. In the end, Badgett compellingly shows that allowing gay couples to marry does not destroy the institution of marriage and that many gay couples do benefit, in expected as well as surprising ways, from the legal, social, and political rights that the institution offers.
Updated 03/06/2014
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