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This week one of the things I'm speaking on at the HSRM conference in Wisconsin is "How I respond oo the Issue of Same-Sex Marriage." Here are some of the things I am presenting.
I am against legalizing same-sex marriage for two reasons, one being religious, the other non-religious (sociological and legal).
As regards the religious reason, I do not expect non-religious people to agree with me. Of course not. Just as I don't turn to their irreligious worldview to make sense of anything, neither do I expect them to partner with me. That's the way worldviews work. Everyone has one. They do not, at significant points, overlap.
If the non-religious person objects to my religious views, they question my worldview, and not my reasoning. The irreligious person is a non-player in the intra-religious and intra-Christian dialogue.
Regarding the non-religious reasons, here is where the irreligious and religious can join in principled (we would hope) dialogue rather than knee-jerk ad hominem stereotyping. We can diakogue without name-calling and stereotyping, right?
A Very Short Bibliography: Christian Theism Worldview
Homosexuality and the Bible: Two Views, by Dan O. Via and Robert Gagnon
The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics, by Robert Gagnon. This is probably the book to read, within this worldview and from this perspective..
Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality, by Wesley Hill.
A Very Brief Bibliography: Non-Religious Reasoning against Same-Sex Marriage
Why Marriage Matters, Third Edition: Thirty Conclusions from the Social Sciences, by Bradford Wilcox.
Debating Same-Sex Marriage , by John Corvino and Maggie Gallagher.
The Meaning of Marriage: Family, State, Market, and Morals, eds. Robert P. George and Jean Bethke Elshtain.
What is Marriage?: Man and Woman: A Defense, by Sherif Gergis, Robert P. George, and Ran T. Anderson (forthcoming Oct. 16, 2012)
I contacted Robert George re. this issue and he graciously sent me the following links. He's also gracciously offered to field questions I have,
From Prof. George:
For a fuller account of my own views, here is the link to a more recent paper I wrote with two of my former students. (It is a free one-click download.)
“What is Marriage?” by Sherif Girgis, Robert P. George, and Ryan T. Anderson, in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1722155
Kenji Yoshino of NYU published a critique on Slate, to which there is a link in our reply, available here: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2010/12/2217
Andrew Koppelman of Northwestern published a critique on Balkinization, to which there is a link in our reply, available here: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2010/12/2263
Barry Deutsch published a critique on the Family Scholars Blog, to which there is a link in our reply, available here: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2010/12/2277
Kenji Yoshino published a response to our reply, to which there is a link in our reply to that response, available here: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2011/01/2295
Andrew Koppelman published a response to our reply, to which there is a link in our reply to that response, available here: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2011/01/2350
Also, here is an essay in two parts (written with Patrick Lee and Gerard V. Bradley) on the link between procreation and marriage – a link we believe is badly misunderstood by many on both sides of the debate. Here are the links:
http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2011/03/2638 “Marriage and Procreation: The Intrinsic Link”
http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2011/03/2637 “Marriage and Procreation: Avoiding Bad
Prof. George also sent me:
The Good of Marriage and the Morality of Sexual Relations: some Philosophical and Historical Observations, by John Finnis.
Marriage: A Basic and Exigent Good, John Finnis.
I'm working on second post.