Sanity & Matrimony by Anthony Esolen

Sanity & Matrimony

Ten Arguments in Defense of Marriage (Part 2 of 2)

by Anthony Esolen

In Part 1 of this essay, published in the previous (July/August) issue of Touchstone, I argued that, while many believe that all principled arguments against the legalization of same-sex “marriage” (or, more accurately, pseudogamy) must stem from religious precepts, I could present ten such arguments based solely on common sense, history, and logic. In that essay, I enumerated the first six of those ten objections; here, I present the other four.

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Anthony Esolen is a professor and writer-in-residence at Magdalene College of the Liberal Arts in Warner, New Hampshire. His many books include Sex in the Unreal City: The Demolition of the Western Mind, Life Under Compulsion: Ten Ways to Destroy the Humanity of Your Child, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, and The Hundredfold: Songs for the Lord. He is a regular contributor to Chronicles, Crisis Magazine, The Claremont Review, Inside the Vatican Things, The Catholic Thing, and American Greatness. He has translated Dante's Divine Comedy. He is a Roman Catholic and lives with his wife in New Hampshire. He is a senior editor of Touchstone.


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