Is Civil Marriage a Right?

Last week the European Court of Human Rights ruled that same-sex marriage is not a human right guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights. In addition, according to The Daily Mail's write-up of the case, the court ruled that if gay couples are allowed to marry, any church that offers weddings will be guilty of discrimination if it declines to marry same-sex couples.Before I get to the main point, I have to say that last part struck me as bizarre. There's not a Catholic church in … [Read more...]

Fancy a spot of Sharia law?

I've returned from AAAS (jet lag and all) and I'd like to take a crack at one of the questions you guys posted in the Marriage Q&A post (if you've thought of a new question, I'm still watching that thread).  Gilbert asked: As far as I get it covenant marriage rests on the state refusing covenant-violating divorces. Otherwise it would be exactly like ordinary civil marriage: a promise of life-long commitment that can easily be broken without repercussions. So I suppose you support a separate … [Read more...]

Marriage Q&A

Now that the gay marriage debate with Matt has come to an end, I'd like to give you commenters a chance to ask me any questions about my position on marriage and its ties to tradition and the State.  Basically the same thing we did after the post on bisexuality.  I can't promise I'll get to all of them, but I can guarantee I'm not going to be able to pick all of the questions addressed to me (as opposed to other commenters or hypothetical, possibly-made-of-straw atheists) out of the growing c … [Read more...]

Whaddya Wanna Get Married For?

Sorry this is late, but what could be better on Valentine's Day than pouring kerosene on a fight about marriage? This post is part of a debate on gay marriage.  In the last installment, my friend Matt argued that endorsing gay marriage means endorsing the foundations of divorce culture.  So now it's my turn to be prescriptive about marriage.  To start with a recap of what kind of marriage Matt opposed, let's go to the videotape (John Barrowman in Company):We'll look not too deep, We'll g … [Read more...]

Divorce and the Doctrine of Individualism

This post is part of a debate on gay marriage.  Matt led off with a post on gay marriage and deep friendship, and I rebutted him in three parts.  Now he debuts a new argument, which I'll respond to tomorrow.  (Oh, and once again, photos are my fault, not Matt's).The second of Professor Anthony Esolen’s arguments that I’d like to concur with is the idea that homosexual marriage would "seal us in a culture of divorce." Again, this hits at a major talking point of the gay rights movement. I … [Read more...]

Leah’s Handy Guide to Not Letting Eros Destroy Philia

This post is part of a debate on gay marriage.  I'm responding to Matt's post on gay marriage and deep friendship, and this is the last part of my three-part rebuttal.Matt and Esolen’s idea that sexual tension poisons relationships has pretty high stakes for me. As a bi girl, I am technically never not around people to whom I could conceivably be sexually attracted. And as an out bi girl, I’m around people who know that I know that they know that I am not categorically opposed to having s … [Read more...]

When Men Treat Men Like Men Treat Women

This post is part of a debate on gay marriage.  I'm responding to Matt's post on gay marriage and deep friendship, and this is the second part of my three-part rebuttal.Matt is worried that acknowledgement of same-sex attraction will warp intense same-sex friendships, even in a world where homosexuality isn’t stigmatized. He’s probably right that it will change guy-guy dynamics, so I’d like to talk a bit about why men have been able to isolate themselves from this danger in the past. … [Read more...]


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