Why Fight Same-Sex Marriage?
Is There Really That Much at Stake?
by Douglas Farrow
Why fight same-sex marriage? Even in America, where the outcome is not yet decided, there appear to be good reasons not to. The optics are poor and the mandate seems uncertain. Prospects for victory appear slim. Resources that might be reserved for more important fronts—abortion, for example—are squandered in defense of an institution to which our modern urban society is no longer committed. Industrial economies, reprogenetic technologies, and new ideas of autonomy—not to speak of new moralities—have called into question many of the assumptions on which that institution has always been based.
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Douglas Farrow is Professor of Theology and Christian Thought at McGill University in Montreal. He is also a member of the Academy of Catholic Theology and is active in the work of the Institute on Religion and Public Life, of Evangelicals and Catholics Together, and of the Cardus Religious Freedom Institute in Ottawa. His recent books include Ascension Theology, Desiring a Better Country, and Theological Negotiations.
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