Dr. Ryan Anderson, William E. Simon Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, delivers his talk entitled “Marriage Equality and Marriage Reality at the Supreme Court: What You Need to Know About Marriage and the State.” Dr. Anderson’s talk was part of the Distinguished Speakers Series at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
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It remains unclear whether sexual orientation is genetically determined. Even if it is, that doesn’t justify advocacy for same-sex marriage.
A growing laissez-faire libertarian attitude toward social issues among Americans is arguably the most important weapon available to same-sex marriage advocates. Certainly there are LGBT militants with unwavering commitment to the issue, but the vast majority of those who “support” same-sex marriage can hardly be said to support anything. They just have a hard time saying no. They much prefer the sanitary hands off approach—let them live out their sexuality as long as I don’t have to get involved.
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The main argument proposed by those seeking to redefine marriage so that same-sex couples can be legally declared married is that homosexual persons are being unjustly denied a fundamental right. Everyone has a fundamental right to marry — the argument goes — but homosexuals are denied this right.
But this argument simply begs the question; it presupposes a particular — and false — answer to the question: What is marriage? A right to marry does not give people the right to compel everyone else to treat an entirely different kind of relationship they might have as if it were marriage.
Dr. Patrick Lee, the John N. and Jamie D. McAleer Chair of Bioethics at Franciscan University of Steubenville, talks about what marriage is, essentially, and why it is not unjust discrimination to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples.