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Marriage, Reason and Religion: Non-Religious Reasons to Oppose SSM

Friday, April 27th, 2012

When it comes to questions of marriage, reason and religion seem polar opposites. Same-sex “marriage” (SSM) proponents like to posture their opposition as motivated only by religion. They have good strategic reasons to do that. If the reasons to oppose to SSM are purely religious, then as the First Amendment is currently being interpreted, lawmakers and judges ought not take them into account.

Undoubtedly there is a deep religious divide between SSM supporters and opponents, which makes it tempting to conclude that we who oppose …


SSM, Reason, and the Religious Divide: More Non-Religious Reasons to Oppose SSM

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

I am continuing my extended answer to the charge, “there are no non-religious reasons to oppose same-sex marriage.” The following comes from a two-part tour de force by Anthony Esolen in Touchstone Magazine in 2010. I wish I could direct all of you to the original articles, but they are available only to subscribers. It’s one of my two or three favorite magazines, and well worth paying for, but I can’t expect all will do that, so I’ll summarize as best I can.


SSM, Reason, and the Religious Divide: The Essential Meaning of “Marriage”

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

President Obama declared his affirmation of same-sex “marriage” yesterday. His opinion changes nothing except the legal and political environment. More specifically, it has no effect on what marriage actually is, because the meaning of marriage is not up to anyone to decide—not even the President.

What I mean is that marriage has its own enduring nature or essence. I know many would disagree with me on that. Where you stand on that one question, though, will largely determine where you stand on SSM. Is …


SSM: Reason and the Religious Divide Part 4: Children

Monday, May 14th, 2012

I expect that this, the final post in this series, may also be the most controversial. In these  articles I’ve been trying to do two things:

Demonstrate that there are non-religious reasons to reject same-sex “marriage,” and Answer the question, “If rejecting SSM isn’t all about religion, then why are SSM’s opponents so overwhelmingly members of conservative religions?”

This post will focus on one further answer to that question. It has to do with children.

Religious people give birth to significantly more children than …


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