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 … [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 … [Read more...]