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From the IX Bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire in the Episcopal Church, the first openly gay person elected to the episcopate and the world’s leading religious spokesperson for gay rights and gay marriage—a groundbreaking book that persuasively makes the case for same-sex marriage using a commonsense, reasoned, religious argument.
Robinson holds the religious text of the Bible to be holy and sacred and the ensuing two millennia of church history to be relevant to the discussion. He is equally familiar with the secular and political debate about gay marriage going on in America today, and is someone for whom same-sex marriage is a personal issue; Robinson was married to a woman for fourteen years and is a father of two children and has been married to a man for the last four years of a twenty-five-year relationship.
Robinson has a knack for taking complex and controversial issues and addressing them in plain direct language, without using polemics or ideology, putting forth his argument for gay marriage, and bringing together sacred and secular points of view.
“Personal, well-written, and well-argued. . . . Its greatest hope for success lies in soothing the troubled hearts of young people questioning their conflicting identities.”—Louisville Courier-Journal
“An invitation to recognize the power and possibility of marriage for all people . . . Written with a pastoral heart and considerable academic insight, Robinson effectively argues the importance and value of strong marriages. . . . A thoughtful theological approach.” —SoWhatFaith.com
“A family-friendly, easy to read book that explains the necessity of gay marriage to the masses . . . courageous . . . erudite . . . conveys complicated principles with ease.” —Edge
“Conversational and essayistic. . . . Methodically argued, cogently and brightly written, structured as chapter-length responses to commonly voiced questions about, and objections to, same-sex marriage . . . consistently Christian but also pervasively liberal.” —The Boston Globe
“[A] mix of reasoned logic, personal experiences, church teachings, and social science. . . . The underlying tone is one of compassion and genuine hope for meaningful shift toward acceptance of same-sex unions . . . gentle with moments of humor . . . a solid entrance into the LGBT-affirming worldview.” —Publishers Weekly
“Reasoned . . . Robinson's strength is his willingness to see these questions from another perspective. . . . Sober and well-structured.” —Kirkus
“Couldn’t be more timely, nor more authoritative. . . . Robinson does yeoman’s work at arguing [the gay-marriage debate] concisely.” —Booklist