At the heart of the current debates about same-sex marriage are three crucial questions: What is marriage, why does marriage matter for public policy, and what would be the consequences of redefining marriage to exclude sexual complementarity?
I typically don’t re-post other blog articles, but every once in a blue-moon I happen to read something that I find so important that I cannot allow the opportunity to share be passed over. This happens to be just one of those articles. I believe the current cultural conversation regarding the issues of defining marriage is one that is in drastic need of some sound reasoning and meaningful clarification. We live in a culture in which sound argumentation based on logic and reason all too often gives way to emotional rhetoric based on personal preferences, feelings, and sentiment. This results in a great deal of ambiguity and confusion, and the issue of same-sex marriage is perhaps the epitomizing example.
That being said, I came across an article today that I find to be a very helpful, meaningful, rational, and consistent case for the defense of traditional marriage. Regardless of which side you take on the matter, we all owe it to ourselves to at least be well-informed of our own positions and the reasons for them, as well as the positions of those with whom we disagree and their reasons for why they hold such positions. I think Ryan Anderson does a fantastic job of sifting through the rhetoric, filtering through the emotionalism, making the positive case in favor of traditional marriage, as well as answering common objections to the traditional marriage position, and offering his own objections to the positions of those who wish to redefine marriage.
That being said, here’s a link to Ryan T Anderson’s article entitled “Marriage: What It Is, Why It Matters, and the Consequences of Redefining It” as originally posted on The Heritage Foundation’s website on March 11th, 2013.