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Stephen Macedo

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691166483

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691166483.001.0001

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Traditional Marriage and Public Law

Traditional Marriage and Public Law

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(p.38) Chapter 2 Traditional Marriage and Public Law
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Just Married
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Stephen Macedo

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691166483.003.0003

This chapter examines the philosophical argument, grounded in natural law, for regarding marriage as necessarily the union of one man and one woman. It first considers whether marriage is by nature heterosexual by discussing the claims advanced by Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson, and Robert P. George in their book What Is Marriage? Man and Woman—A Defense. In particular, it explores the New Natural Law defense of marriage as necessarily the relation of one man and one woman, its endorsement of sex within the marriages of sterile heterosexuals as not only permissible but good, and its insistence that only heterosexual couples can be married because only their unions can be oriented toward having and raising children. The chapter shows that natural law arguments fail to provide a reasoned basis for excluding same-sex couples from the civil institution of marriage.

Keywords:   natural law, marriage, New Natural Law, heterosexuals, heterosexual couples, children, same-sex couples, Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson, Robert P. George

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