|(University of Michigan)|
I am against the legalization of same-sex marriage for two reasons, one 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, not my reasoning. The irreligious person is a non-player in the intra-religious and intra-Christian dialogue.
Regarding non-religious reasons, here is where the irreligious and religious can join in principled (we would hope) dialogue, rather than ad hominem stereotyping (sadly, some on both sides do this.). We can dialogue without name-calling, right?
These are a few of the resources I have read and found helpful in understanding the issues.
The Intra-Worldview Discussion
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.
God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships, by Matthew Vines.
Can You Be Gay and Christian? Responding with Love and Truth to Questions About Homosexuality, by Michael Brown.
Still Time to Care: What We Can Learn from the Church’s Failed Attempt to Cure Homosexuality, by Greg Johnson.
Sexual Identity and Faith: Helping Clients Find Congruence, by Yarhouse
See Justin Brierley's "Unbelievable" podcast - "God, Gay Christians and the Church," a dialogue between David Bennett and Brandan Robinson.
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)
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.)
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 Arguments”
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.