Subjects Freshman Year Reading African American Studies African Studies American Studies Anthropology Art, Film, Music and Architecture Asian Studies Business and Economics Criminology Education Environmental Studies Foreign Language Instructional Materials Gender Studies History Irish Studies Jewish Studies Latin American & Caribbean Studies Law and Legal Studies Literature and Drama Literature in Spanish Media Issues, Journalism and Communication Middle East Studies Native American Studies Philosophy Political Science Psychology Reference Religion Russian and Eastern European Studies Science and Mathematics Sociology Study Aids

E-Newsletters: Click here to be notified of new titles in your field
Click here to request Desk/Exam copies
Freshman Year Reading
View Our Award Winners
Click here to view our Catalogs
Same-Sex Marriage: Pro and Con

Same-Sex Marriage: Pro and Con

Upgrade to the Flash 9 viewer for enhanced content, including the ability to browse & search through your favorite titles.
Click here to learn more!

Order Exam Copy
E-Mail this Page Print this Page
Add This - Same-Sex Marriage: Pro and Con

Written by Andrew SullivanAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Andrew Sullivan

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • On Sale: May 11, 2004
  • Price: $18.95
  • ISBN: 978-1-4000-7866-0 (1-4000-7866-0)
Also available as an eBook.
about this book

From Plato to Camille Paglia, a collection of opinions, pro and con, on one of the most explosive issues of our time. Were homosexual unions sanctioned by societies before our own? What are the bases for the religious proscriptions against them? Does the Constitution implicitly grant homosexuals the right to marry? Will same-sex marriages make gays and lesbians more like heterosexuals or somehow undermine the traditional family? How will they affect our notions of parenthood?

In Same-Sex Marriage: Pro and Con these questions are explored by clergy and jurists, historians and anthropologists, poets, conservative politicians, queer theorists, and many others. Andrew Sullivan gathers two thousand years of argument on same-sex partnerships into an anthology of historic inclusiveness and evenhandedness. Readers of every sexual and ideological persuasion will be consulting this definitive book for years to come. Includes writings from or by: Genesis, Montaigne, Ann Landers, Antonin Scalia, Plato, National Conference of Catholic Bishops, Katha Pollitt, James Q. Wilson, Hannah Arendt, William Bennett, Senate Debate on Defense of Marriage Act, Jonathan Rauch, Rabbi Yoel H. Kahn, Amy E. Schwartz, William Safire, Barney Frank, and Charles Krauthammer.

This edition includes new up-to-date material including a new introduction as well as material on civil unions in Vermont, the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down anti-sodomy laws, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision supporting gay marriage, San Francisco’s issuing of marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and the current drive for a federal marriage amendment.

Preface to the 2004 Edition

Chapter One: For the First Time Ever: Same-Sex Marriage in History
Plato, “The Speech of Aristophanes”
Brent D. Shaw, “A Groom of One’s Own?”
Ralph Hexter, “Same-Sex Unions in Pre-Modern Europe: A Response”
Michel de Montaigne, “A Strange Brotherhood”
James McGough, “Deviant Marriage Patterns in Chinese Society”
Bret Hinsch, “Husbands, Boys, Servants”
The Editors at Fincher’s, “A Curious Married Couple”
Melville J. Herskovits, “A Note on ‘Woman Marriage’ in Dahomey”
Walter L. Williams, “A Normal Man”
The Editors at the Harvard Law Review, “The Precedents Abroad”

Chapter Two: In God’s Name: The Religious War Continues
The Holy Bible, The King James Version (Genesis, Leviticus, Romans, Corinthians)
National Conference of Catholic Bishops “Statement on Same-Sex Marriage”
The Editors of Commonweal, “Marriage’s True Ends”
Jean Bethke Elshtain, “Against Gay Marriage”
Dennis Prager, “Homosexuality, the Bible, and Us—A Jewish Perspective”
Bishop John Shelby Spong, “Blessing Gay and Lesbian Commitments”
Rabbi Yoel H. Kahn, “The Kedushah of Homosexual Relations”
Jeffery John, “Creation and Natural Law”
Andrew Sullivan, “What You Do”

Chapter Three: It Is So Ordered: The Path of the Courts
“Race and the Right to Marry” Loving v. Virginia
“The Definitional Argument,” Jones v. Hallahan
“No Right to Sodomy,” Bowers v. Hardwick
“Even Prisoners Can Marry,” Turner v. Safely
“The Sex Discrimination Point: Upheld,” Baehr v. Lewin
“Homosexuals and Equal Protection,” Romer v. Evans
“The Right to Sodomy Upheld,” Lawrence v. Texas
“No Second Class Citizenship,” Goodridge v. Department of Public Health

Chapter Four: Why Marry: The Debate on the Left
Paula Ettelbrick, “Since When Is Marriage a Path to Liberation?”
Mary C. Dunlap, “Choosing”
Frank Browning, “Why Marry?”
E. J. Graff, “Retying the Knot”
Camille Paglia, “Connubial Personae”
Evan Wolfson, “Crossing the Threshold”
Hannah Arendt, “Reflections on Little Rock”

Chapter Five: How Conservative a Project: The Debate on the Right
Andrew Sullivan, “The Conservative Case”
Hadley Arkes, “The Closet Straight”
James Q. Wilson, “Against Homosexual Marriage”
Jonathan Rauch, “For Better or Worse?”
The Editors of The Economist, “Let Them Wed”
Richard A. Posner, “Homosexuality: The Policy Questions”
William Safire, “Same-Sex Marriage Nears”
Amy E. Schwartz, “Gay Marriages and the Affirmation of an Ideal”
David Brooks, “The Power of Marriage”
Tammy Bruce, “Respecting Marriage and Equal Rights”

Chapter Six: The Defense of Marriage Act: The National Debate Begins
H.R. 3396, “To Define and Protect the Institution of Marriage”
Jay Alan Sekulow, “Defending Marriage”
Cass Sunstein, “Don’t Panic”
“The Hearings of the House Judiciary Committee on the Defense of Marriage Act,” Rep. Frank, Mr. Arkes, Rep. Hyde, Rep. Inglis, Mr. Sullivan, Ms. Birch
“Transcript of the Mark-up Record of the Defense of Marriage Act,” Barney Frank and Sonny Bono
“House Debate on the Defense of Marriage Act,” Rep. John Lewis
“Senate Debate on the Defense of Marriage Act,” John Kerry Takes a Stand

Chapter Seven: Not in Front of the Children: Same-Sex Marriage and Parenthood
Charlotte Patterson, “Children of Lesbian and Gay Parents: Summary of Research Findings”
David K. Flaks et al., “Lesbians Choosing Motherhood: A Comparative Study of Lesbian and Heterosexual Parents and Their Children”
Phillip A. Belcastro et al., “A Review of Data Based Studies Addressing the Effects of Homosexual Parenting on Children’s Sexual and Social Functioning”
Antiga, “Coming Out to My Children”
Jerry J. Bigner and Frederick W. Bozett, “Parenting by Gay Fathers”
Paula Fomby, “Why I’m Glad I Grew Up in a Gay Family”
Maggie Gallagher, “What Marriage Is For”

Chapter Eight: A Slippery Slope: The Polygamy and Adultery Debate
William Bennett, “Leave Marriage Alone”
Hadley Arkes, “The Role of Nature”
Andrew Sullivan, “Three’s a Crowd”
Charles Krauthammer, “When John and Jim Say ‘I Do’”
Jonathan Rauch, “Marrying Somebody”
Dennis Altman, “Sexual Freedom and the End of Romance”

Chapter Nine: Whose Life Is It Anyway: The Real World of Love and Marriage
Dudley Clendinen, “Jack and Bob, Going to the Chapel”
Kathy Duggan, “I Earned This Divorce”
Ann Landers, “Ann Can’t Give Her Blessing to This Marriage”
Catherine Tuerk, “Love and Marriage”
Doug Ireland, “Remembering Hervé”
Henry Alford, “My Gay Wedding”
Joseph Landau, “Marriage as Integration”
Andrew Sullivan, “The M-Word”

Chapter Ten: A Federal Marriage Amendment: The Future of the Legal and Political Battle
Professor Larry Kramer, “How Other States Can Ignore Hawaii”
Andrew Koppelman, “The Miscegenation Precedents”
The Federal Marriage Amendment
George W. Bush, “The President Speaks”
Jacob T. Levy, “Law Breaker”
Peter J. Gomes, “A Chance and A Choice”
Stanley Kurtz, “An Election Winner”
Nancy F. Cott, “The Evolution of Marriage”

About the Contributors