The Future of Marriage (Google eBook)

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Encounter Books, Oct 10, 2013 - Family & Relationships - 335 pages
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The idea of this book began in a conversation David Blankenhorn had with the president of Freedom to Marry, a group advocating equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. This man asked Blankenhorn, a leading figure in the “marriage movement,” to endorse his group’s objectives. Feeling a bit defensive, Blankenhorn replied, “Every child deserves a mother and a father.” The Future of Marriage is the result of that conversation. In their current demands, Blankenhorn points out, gay and lesbian leaders are not asking for marriage with an adjective in front of it, but marriage itself. So in that sense, what marriage is and why it matters is ultimately what this debate is all about. What exactly is this institution to which gay and lesbian activists are seeking access? Why do we have it in the first place? Where did it come from? What is it for? How is it changing? These are some of the hard questions The Future of Marriage confronts. David Blankenhorn says that if same sex marriage debate is to be “redemptive rather than merely divisive,” it must accept the principle that all persons are equal in dignity. But it must also help us to rediscover and renew marriage as the main protector of our children and our primary social institution.
  

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User Review  - Greg T - Goodreads

An excellent introduction to one of the core unspoken issues in the Gay Marriage debate: we do not understand what marriage really is. The book does a good job of highlighting some of the key issues ... Read full review

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User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

Blankenhorn has one very simple basis for his argument in this book: same-sex marriage is bad. That's basically all you can really found his beliefs on because everything else he bases a case on he ends up contradicting later (biological, legal, historical, etc.) Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1What Is Marriage?
11
2Prehistory
23
3The River Valleys
41
4Trobriand Islands
69
5What Marriage Is
91
6Deinstitutionalize Marriage?
127
7Goods in Conflict
171
8Determining Marriages Fate
213
Appendix
247
Acknowledgments
263
Index
317
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About the author (2013)

David Blankenhorn is president of the Institute for American Values, a nonpartisan organization devoted to research and publication on family and civil society issues. He is the author of Fatherless America: Confronting Our Most Urgent Social Problem. He lives in New York City with his wife and their three children.