Debating Same-Sex Marriage

Debating Same Sex Marriage Polls and election results show Americans sharply divided on same sex marriage and the controversy is unlikely to subside anytime soon Debating Same Sex Marriage provides an indispensable roadmap to

  • Title: Debating Same-Sex Marriage
  • Author: John Corvino Maggie Gallagher
  • ISBN: 9780199756315
  • Page: 472
  • Format: Paperback
  • Polls and election results show Americans sharply divided on same sex marriage, and the controversy is unlikely to subside anytime soon Debating Same Sex Marriage provides an indispensable roadmap to the ongoing debate Taking a point counterpoint approach, John Corvino a philosopher and prominent gay advocate and Maggie Gallagher a nationally syndicated columnist anPolls and election results show Americans sharply divided on same sex marriage, and the controversy is unlikely to subside anytime soon Debating Same Sex Marriage provides an indispensable roadmap to the ongoing debate Taking a point counterpoint approach, John Corvino a philosopher and prominent gay advocate and Maggie Gallagher 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.

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    1. I tried really hard to get through Gallagher's arguments against same sex marriage, but she doesn't really have one. Corvino presents a lot of well thought out, logical, highly reasoned arguments in favor, and predicts the arguments that will be used against them. However, he overestimates his debating partner, who starts with personal attacks--intermingled with how unfair it is that teh gays always think it's just bigotry and hate when clearly IT IS SCIENCE--and then moves on to semantic nonsen [...]

    2. A book that is praised by both Senator Rick Santorum and Dan Savage has got to be interesting (Wiki Santorum and Savage). Corvino does a good job of calmly explaining the importance of same-sex marriage. Gallagher's argument against same sex marriage is that it is in society's (and children's) best interest if children live with their biological parents in a loving, stable relationship. Marriage is fundamentally about raising children and not about being in a loving relationship. She argues that [...]

    3. This book's title summarizes its contents. As in a formal debate, Corvino presents his case as to why same-sex marriage should be legally recognized, and then Gallagher explains why it should not. Each side then briefly refutes its opposition's arguments. I purposely am not stating which side of the argument I held before reading the book. To do so would reduce the value of this review. I concluded the book holding that same viewpoint, but I realized better the strength of my opponent's argument [...]

    4. This is the best treatment of the gay marriage debate that I've encountered. Regardless of your position on the issue you'll encounter a perspective or argument you likely haven't considered before. The divide is deep with the two interlocutors not only disagreeing on the issue, but also on the nature of the disagreement -- not only on the meaning of the terms in the debate, but on the nature of meaning. Gallagher and Corvino adopt strikingly different rhetorical styles. Corvino takes a technica [...]

    5. I found the format of this book to be really interesting. I also appreciated that Maggie Gallagher (the case against) didn't hide behind religion in defense of her stance. While I am on the side for same-sex marriage, it was very interesting and edifying to learn about the opposing side that was not religious-based.

    6. I am an LGBT ally, so the likelihood of this book changing my opinion was low. One could say that I metaphorically cheated and read the end of the book before I started. Dr. Corvino and I see eye to eye for all intents and purposes. If someone is experienced in arguing for marriage equality, the biggest takeaway from this book is learning about common anti-equality arguments and the flaws in them. Gallagher doesn't really manage to overturn what Corvino has to say. The biggest insight she provid [...]

    7. 'Debating Same-Sex Marriage is an important book that lays bare the philosophical arguments for and against the legalization of same-sex marriage. Although I am partial to Gallagher’s arguments, Corvino’s position is well argued and more in tune with the times.'Read the full review, "What Same-Sex Marriage Means," on our website:theamericanconservative

    8. It provides logical and causal arguments, the morals dilemma, ethics, etc. After all, this book is really worth reading.

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