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Discussing Marriage

Bringing Reason and Civility to the Marriage Debate

What is marriage? Why is the topic such a contentious issue in modern day politics? Why should we support traditional marriage, or oppose same-sex marriage? On this website, we attempt to respond to these questions and more. Our hope is that this website will help bring these arguments to light, and provide people with the resources to understand them. The purpose of this site is also to inject humility into the conversation on both sides of the issue. Reasoned, measured, and respectful dialogue is possible with regards to marriage.

Where to Start

The Conjugal and Revisionist Views of Marriage

Is marriage intrinsically connected to procreation, or the pinnacle of adult romance?

The Argument from ...

Why should we support traditional marriage?

Crucial Distinction

How is marriage meaningfully distinct from other relationships?

Public Interest

Why should the governmnt formalize some relationships, but not others?

Marital Norms

How might formalizing same-sex marriage undermine vital marriage norms?

Limited Government

How might formalizing same-sex marriage jeopardize human liberty?

Parental Ideal

Do children have a moral right to their biological father and mother?

Child Welfare

Do children tend to fare better when raised by their biological father and mother?

Child Commodity

Does third-party reproduction exploit women and turn children into market commodities?

Responding to Differing Views

Why do some people support same-sex marriage? How do we respond?

The Objection from Bigotry

Are those who oppose same-sex marriage bigots?

The Objection from Bandwagon

Are those who oppose same-sex marriage on "the wrong side of history"?

The Objection from Infertility

Does internal consistency require those who oppose same-sex marriage to also oppose the marriages of infertile couples?

The Objection from Libertarianism

Should the government get out of marriage altogether?

The Objection from Contract

Should marriage be treated just as any other contract?

The Objection from Research

Does research prove that same-sex parenting is just as ideal?

New The Objection from the Separation of Church and State

Does traditional marriage impose religious beliefs on others?

Philosophical Debates

Here, we explore some of the competing philosophical worldviews that inform and shape both sides of the marriage debate.

The Conjugal and Revisionist Views of Marriage

Is marriage intrinsically connected to procreation, or the pinnacle of adult romance?

Natural Law vs. Legal Positivism

Should we focus on what the law is, or what it ought to be?

New Expressive Individualism vs. Christian Discipleship

Is our highest duty to the self or to God?


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