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At the end of Virtually Normal, Andrew Sullivan called for the legalization of gay and lesbian marriages as a recognition of an individual's right to enter into a committed relationship with the person he or she loves. Same-Sex Marriage: Pro and Con is, as the title suggests, a collection of arguments for and against such unions. Sullivan provides little commentary, allowing the various authors gathered here to speak for themselves. No matter which side one supports on this issue, this anthology will enable both an intellectual support of one's own beliefs and a better, fuller understanding of the contrary position. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Late last year, the Hawaiian circuit court ruled that the state had no compelling justification for denying gay and lesbian couples the right to wed. The decision opened up what may be the social debate of the decade, and these two titles help to bring the arguments into sharper focus. Same-Sex Marriage, Pro and Con begins with an historically enlightening essay by Sullivan, fomer New Republic editor, whose book on gays and the gay rights movement (Virtually Normal, LJ 9/15/95) shot one of the first broadsides about the same-sex marriage issue. Sullivan explains how this latest "assault" on family values is simply the latest in an ongoing evolution of the marriage institution, from ancient real estate deals to the present-day spiritual bonding of intimates. Other essayists discuss the various arguments from historic, religious, legal, and public-policy points of view. From Plato to Ann Landers, society's experts and pundits, academics and politicians present their views. By contrast, Same-Sex Marriage: The Moral and Legal Debate is authored mainly by professors and journalists, giving this title a drier, more academic tone. Oddly, the book also exhibits more polar oppositions and extremist views on the subject. The focus strays somewhat from the marriage theme and includes articles on counseling same-sex couples and even making the case for discrimination based on sexual orientation itself. For smaller collections that may need only one title on the subject, Sullivan's work is by far the better choice, given the depth and breadth of its coverage. Academic and larger libraries will probably want both titles.?Jeffery Ingram, Newport P.L., Ore.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book has an interesting approach to offering a balanced view. It was helpful in the study of the same sex debate.Published on May 25, 2013 by Missio Dei Church
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It's Debate 101 that you should understand your opponent's argument before you attempt to refute it. Read more
Andrew Sullivan, editor
Pro and Con: A Reader
(New York: Vintage/Random House, 1997) 373 pages
(ISBN: 0-679-77637-0; paperback)... Read more
This book was a last-minute reference for a term paper, so I was under time constraints. It arrived promptly and was in excellent condition.Published on December 30, 2009 by Lynette E. Mcevoy
Interesting, independent, but with some repeated arguments from text to text. Very useful to help thinking about same sex marriage.Published on July 14, 2009 by Bruno A. F. Horta