Debating Same-Sex Marriage by John Corvino

By John Corvino

Polls and election effects exhibit american citizens sharply divided on same-sex marriage, and the debate is not likely to subside each time quickly. Debating Same-Sex Marriage presents an integral roadmap to the continuing debate. Taking a "point/counterpoint" process, John Corvino (a thinker and popular homosexual suggest) and Maggie Gallagher (a nationally syndicated columnist and co-founder of the nationwide association for Marriage) discover basic questions: what's marriage for? Is sexual distinction necessary to it? Why does the govt sanction it? What are the consequences of same-sex marriage for kid's welfare, for spiritual freedom, and for our figuring out of marriage itself? whereas the authors disagree on many issues, they percentage the subsequent conviction: simply because marriage is a crucial public establishment, this factor merits a accomplished, rigorous, considerate debate.

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While the importance of biology can be overplayed, and while other kinds of familial connections matter at least as much, if not more,41 the fact that each of us is a bodily person who exists because of the bodily (sexual) 3 6 | D E B AT I N G S A M E  S E X M A R R I A G E actions of other persons—connected to our parents and grandparents and so on in an unbroken biological chain—is admittedly awe-inspiring. 42 It also explains why people who have the most wonderful adoptive parents often nevertheless seek to know their biological parents.

THE CASE FOR SAMESEX MARRIAG E | 45 The “bad for children” argument comes in various forms, and I won’t address them all here. For example, some have argued that extending marriage to gays will cause more children to become gay, a claim that is not only unsubstantiated, but also ultimately question-begging (since it assumes that it’s bad for people to turn out gay). Others argue that gays can’t be trusted with children because they’re likely to harm them intentionally—for example, by molesting them.

45 What is clear is that when the new-natural-law theorists say reproductive-type, they don’t mean that reproduction must be intended, and they don’t mean that it must be possible. What on earth, then, do they mean? As far as I can tell, what they really mean is coital—in other words, penis-in-vagina. 46) Unlike, say, amoeba reproduction, human sexual reproduction requires complementary male-female pairing in coitus. It requires a number of other biological factors as well—such as a functioning uterus—but those are irrelevant 3 8 | D E B AT I N G S A M E  S E X M A R R I A G E to whether sex is of the “reproductive type”: the salient factor here is coitus.

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