The Heritage Foundation on a compelling new book with a very careful, logical, historical, and social argument:

Until recently, no society had questioned whether marriage would be anything other than a male-female union. What Is Marriage? identifies and defends the reasons for this historic consensus and shows why redefining civil marriage is unnecessary, unreasonable, and contrary to the common good. What Is Marriage? answers common objections: that the historic view of marriage is rooted in bigotry; that it is callous to people’s needs; or that it can’t show the harm of recognizing same-sex couplings.

Originally published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the book’s core argument quickly became the year’s most widely read essay on the most prominent scholarly network in the social sciences. Since then, it has been cited and debated by scholars and activists throughout the world as the most formidable defense of the tradition ever written. Join us as authors Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson, and Robert P. George discuss about what marriage is, why it matters, and how to talk about it.

You can listen to the audio, or watch the video below:

HT: Owen Strachan

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4 thoughts on “What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense”

  1. Roger Ball says:

    You can download the essay from here: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1722155

  2. Patti says:

    Awesome, intelligent, REASONABLE discussion in our incredibly UNreasonable and post-modern society. This has equipped me tremendously. Thank you!

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  4. Tak says:

    Just to clarify, while you can read the original paper on SSRN, Roger, the book is a fuller, more fleshed out piece that not only gives clearer articulations of some of the paper’s arguments, but responds to some criticisms levied against the original paper.

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