Sunday, July 21, 2013

"A Professor's Argument for Same-Sex Marriage"

Should same-sex couples be permitted to marry? Are civil unions or domestic partnerships sufficient? What kind of effect does same-sex marriage have on heterosexual marriage? Do the children of same-sex couples face undue challenges because of their parents? These questions have all been raised in the ongoing debate about gay marriage. Prof. Dale Carpenter makes a compelling argument in favor of same-sex marriage from a philosophical, rights-based perspective while presenting data to answer these questions and others.


(1) The 9 million figure comes from an estimate of the UCLA Williams Institute:

(2) The estimate of at least 1 million children being raised by gay parents is a low-ball estimate:

(3) As for no relation between good parenting and sexual orientation: 

(4) The statement about child-welfare organizations:

(5) The evidence about the lack of ill effect in other countries is discussed here:

(6) The Massachusetts divorce rate claim is supported here:

Suggestions for further reading/viewing:
John Corvino & Maggie Gallagher, Debating Same-Sex Marriage (Oxford Univ. Press 2012)

Lee Badgett, When Gay People Get Married: What Happens When Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage (NYU Press, 2009) William Eskridge, Jr. & Darren Spedale, Gay Marriage: For Better or For Worse? What We've Learned From the Evidence (Oxford University Press, 2006)

Jonathan Rauch, Gay Marriage: Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America (2004)

Dale Carpenter, The Traditionalist Case for Gay Marriage (blog posts on the Volokh Conspiracy, Oct. 31-Nov. 4, 2005) (

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