The Validity of Gay Marriage
Q&A Radio: Sunday, 7 April 2013, Question 1
I answered a question on the validity of gay marriage on Philosophy in Action Radio on 7 April 2013. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
Is "gay marriage" a valid form of marriage? Many people oppose gay marriage on the grounds that marriage is essentially religious, that procreation is central to marriage, or "traditional marriage" should be respected. Should gay unions be considered a valid form of marriage, legally or socially? Might civil unions be an acceptable alternative?
My Answer, In Brief: The various quasi-secular arguments against gay marriage fail, badly. Gay marriage is a matter of rights, and people ought to support it.
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- Philosophy in Action: State Involvement in Marriage and Gay "Conversion" Therapy
- NoodleFood: Some Arguments Against Gay Marriage
- Republican Liberty Caucus: The Rational Solution for Gay Marriage
- Polling Data on Support for Gay Marriage Versus Civil Unions
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