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What is Marriage?

Posted by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 7:35 PM
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Until yesterday, no society had seen marriage as anything other than a conjugal partner­ship: a male-female union. What Is Marriage? identifies and defends the reasons for this historic consensus and shows why redefining civil marriage is unnecessary, unreasonable, and contrary to the common good. 

Originally published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, this book's core argument quickly became the year's most widely read essay on the most prominent scholarly network in the social sciences. Since then, it has been cited and debated by scholars and activists throughout the world as the most formidable defense of the tradition ever written. Now revamped, expanded, and vastly enhanced, What Is Marriage? stands poised to meet its moment as few books of this generation have. 

Rhodes Scholar Sherif Girgis, Heritage Foundation Fellow Ryan T. Anderson, and Princeton Professor Robert P. George offer a devastating critique of the idea that equality requires redefining marriage. They show why both sides must first answer the question of what marriage really is. They defend the principle that marriage, as a comprehensive union of mind and body ordered to family life, unites a man and a woman as husband and wife, and they document the social value of applying this principle in law.

Most compellingly, they show that those who embrace same-sex civil marriage leave no firm ground--none--for not recognizing every relationship describable in polite English, including polyamorous sexual unions, and that enshrining their view would further erode the norms of marriage, and hence the common good.

Finally, What Is Marriage? decisively answers common objections: that the historic view is rooted in bigotry, like laws forbidding interracial marriage; that it is callous to people's needs; that it can't show the harm of recognizing same-sex couplings, or the point of recognizing infertile ones; and that it treats a mere "social construct" as if it were natural, or an unreasoned religious view as if it were rational.

If the marriage debate in America is decided soon, it will be with this book's help or despite its powerful arguments.


What the video for an excellent NON-religious, NON-bigoted answer to why we should NOT change the definition of true/traditional marriage: http://www.heritage.org/events/2013/01/what-is-marriage

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autodidact
by Platinum Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 7:41 PM
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an exclusive life committment to one's romantic partner, also a civil/legal contract. 

Euphoric
by Thumper kid spanks on Feb. 6, 2013 at 7:42 PM

 This.

Quoting autodidact:

an exclusive life committment to one's romantic partner, also a civil/legal contract. 

 

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autodidact
by Platinum Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 7:42 PM
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I'm not watching an hour of the Heritage Foundation droning on and on

autodidact
by Platinum Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 7:44 PM
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there IS social value in providing stability to committed couples and to families

LavenderMom23
by Bronze Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 7:46 PM

You can get the majority of their arguments in the first 30 mintues. The second half is Q&A

Quoting autodidact:

I'm not watching an hour of the Heritage Foundation droning on and on


autodidact
by Platinum Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 7:47 PM
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what is the social value in interfering in the relationships of others? in denying citizens their civil rights? 

LavenderMom23
by Bronze Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 7:50 PM

anyone know how to make this video show?: http://bcove.me/wgjpew2j

Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Feb. 6, 2013 at 7:50 PM
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Non sense. 

Marriage has been seen as a bill of sale (men could still sell their wives up until the early 1900's) the uniting of a clan, tribe or country. (Though, Perhaps the Hapsburgs should have left marrying each other out of it.. eh?) There have been homosexual marriages in various other cultures. (Rome had a group of warriors.. men... married to other men and they fought together in battle. They were some of the deadliest warriors at the time.)

There is no such thing as a true/traditional marriage.. unless you use religion. Sorry.. 

..MoonShine..
by Redwood Witch on Feb. 6, 2013 at 7:52 PM

This. 

Quoting autodidact:

what is the social value in interfering in the relationships of others? in denying citizens their civil rights? 


LavenderMom23
by Bronze Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 7:52 PM

If we define it based on committment, well all intimate relationships require committment. If we base it off romance, then that makes divorces increase the moment there isn't a 'romantic' feeling. If it's a contract, then why don't we have contracts for all our intimate relationships? What makes the union of a man and woman so improtant that the law has to get involved?

Quoting autodidact:

an exclusive life committment to one's romantic partner, also a civil/legal contract. 


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