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Lecture 9

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PHIL 1010
Karyn Freedman

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Philosophy  Mar.19.2012 Same­Sex Marriage: A Philosophical Defense , by Ralph Wedgwood   ­ Convince you about the legitimacy of same­sex marriage Social issue­issue defined by a social institution  This is a political, not an ethical argument. Why? Because often the disagreement about same­sex marriage is  rooted in a disagreement about homosexuality. Structure of Argument: Premise #1: The values of freedom and democracy support the  essential rational for marriage. Premise #2: If we accept this rationale, then a ban on same­sex  marriage conflicts with the value of equality. Premise #3: Any political theory which conflicts with the value of  equality is unjust. Conclusion: A ban on same­sex marriage is unjust. What are the essential features of marriage?  1. The Social Meaning of marriage: the web of shared assumptions  about marriage that are common knowledge in society. This  varies culturally, but it has a common core.  A marriage is … ­Between 2 people. ­These 2 usually cohabit and have sex. ­They share parenting, finances, and household chores. 2. The Legal Meaning of marriage: ­The law confers marital status. ­Marriage resembles a contract, and each party must uphold her 
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