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