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Marriage on Trial: The Case Against Same-Sex Marriage and Parenting Hardcover – September 9, 2004

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From the Author

Why do we have to be so narrow in our definition of marriage?

Glenn Stanton and Dr. Bill Maier explain: ""Because nature is narrow in its definition of marriage, and for very good reason. . . . Nature does not tolerate very much diversity in the form of family, and any attempt to redefine marriage will be to our detriment. No society has ever prospered under a smorgasbord mentality of family life where people pick and choose forms that suit their individual tastes. To protect the common good, societies must enforce narrow parameters nature has given humans. Same-sex marriage will simply be the next chapter in a long line of failed social experiments with marriage and the family that have hurt people." (pages 30, 31)

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Have you ever wondered how to answer questions like these?

"Don't gays have the same right to marry that homosexuals do?"

"Isn't banning gays from marrying just like banning interracial marriage?"

"How can gay marriage be a threat to heterosexual marriage?"

Why should anyone object to same-sex marriage and parenting? In "Marriage on Trial" Glenn Stanton and psychologist Bill Maier explain why the same-sex family is not a good idea. Based on current social science research the authors show that gay "marriage" and the single-sex family fall far short of offering to children in particular and society in general the same benefits as marriage. Maier and Stanton provide clear counter-arguments to those who advocate gay marriage and make the case that legalizing this arrangement will very likely be harmful to the next generation. This book will help any reader understand the real issues and make the case for the unique and irreplacable benefits of traditional marriage.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 199 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books; 4th printing edition (September 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830832742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830832743
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,495,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Glenn is the Director for Family Formation Studies at Focus on the Family and a research fellow at the Institute of Marriage and Family in Ottawa. He debates and lectures extensively on gender, sexuality, marriage and parenting at universities and churches around the country. He served the George W. Bush administration for many years as a consultant on increasing fatherhood involvement in the Head Start program.

He and his wife Jacqueline have five endlessly growing kids and they all live relatively happily in the shadow of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By William T. Brewer on January 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
According to Stanton and Maier, compassionate societies never create fatherless and motherless families . . . (my comments in parenthesis)

A same-sex family is never the answer to a child's developmental problems. (One way to inoculate a fatherless child from the ill-effects of not having a father is for society to have a clear idea of what a good father is. Same-sex marriage denies even that benefit to the fatherless.)

The push for same-sex families will subject generations of children to an uncontrolled, ill-advised social experiment to meet the "needs" of homosexual adults. (Children will be but "trophies" that symbolize achievement of a certain status for anxious gays working out psychological issues -- the same way one sometimes sees a luxury automobile parked in front of a run-down shack -- an "aspirin on wheels.")

Homosexual adoption is not necessary to provide homes for orphaned children. Same-sex marriage is not about providing rights or physical resources to children. No child in a same-sex family would ever ask, "Why don't we have the same rights as other families." Instead, they ask "Why don't I have a daddy?" or "Why don't I have a mommy?" (There are many heterosexual families looking to adopt children, but the legal system often interferes, making some children practically "unadoptable.")

Male and female are not "Mr. Potato Heads" where the cores are all the same and only the externals are different. Gender matters.

Endorsements of same-sex families by professional organizations are traceable to gay activism, not science. (Scientists are ill-equipped to deal with the philosophical and emotional arguments used by gay activists -- so they "cave.
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35 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Warren Throckmorton on October 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Stanton and Maier have produced a book that makes a well documented case for traditional marriage. The book is very well written with numerous references for further study and research. The book is organized around most of the contemporary questions people ask about same sex marriage and homosexuality in general. This is not only a good book concerning the rationale for traditional marriage but is infomative concerning the traditional view of homosexuality.

Despite the clear value framework of this book, the authors do not show disrespect for gay and lesbian identified people. On the contrary, the book is clear about principles but the authors convey compassion for people.

Many people think that are no divisions within the gay and lesbian community concerning same sex marriage. This book documents the reality that not all of those who are gay want same sex marriage legally recognized.

The book is very well organized and despite the scholarly foundations, quite readable.

In reading the reviews written previous to mine, I cannot believe they read the same book. The authors take great pains to document their points and use good social science research to do so.

If you are open minded concerning this subject, you will want to get this book as an aspect of your investigation.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. MUELLER on November 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Apart from ad hominem attacks on the author's personal character, a reviewer of this book must admit that the points made in this book are well taken. On an charged issue like marriage, most people are not willing to suspent their suspicions and biases to fully understand what the other side is really saying. If you have already made up your mind on the issue and you are just looking to pick a fight - this book will be a waste of your time.

The Author points out a lot of flaws in the arguments supporting same sex marraige such as the interracial marraige analogy, the "how will this affect you?" argument, and various other postmodern stances on marriage. One of the most important points he makes is that marriage seves several functions (raise children, enculture men, etc) that are best performed by a union involving both sexes.

His slippery slope argument is quite strong. Namely that if marriage is definted as a right for anyone who wants it - whats to say that a someone can't marry their sibling, that a 50 year old can't marry a 12 year old, that 4 men can't get married to eachother? He exposes that his opponents have no good answer to this question except recourse to their own personal beliefs - recourse I might add, which is not afforded to people on his side of the issue.
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By Marilyn J. Montgomery on November 20, 2014
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Essential reading of a complex subject.
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24 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Virginia K. Wing on October 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
No matter your stance on the issue, this book is a must read! It makes a solid, thought provoking, and incredibly well researched argument for the preservation of the traditional definition of marriage. Stanton and Maier's arguments are brilliant, yet logical and easy to follow. They examine the proposal for same-sex marriage from all angles and comprehensively evaluate the impact that this proposal will have on our society. There is no claim made that is not backed by at least one reputable study, if not more. People who argue with their facts argue with reality.

As a young woman, I find this book very refreshing. Not only do the authors present a thoroughly compelling argument for the preservation of the traditional definition of marriage, but in doing so they unashamedly contest the dogmatic tenets of political correctness and dare to recognize the obvious- that there are distinct differences between men and women, that these differences matter, and that they should be celebrated. This book makes sense and is definitely a must read for our times.
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