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Same-Sex Marriage: Putting Every Household at Risk Paperback – September, 2004


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group (September 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805431969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805431964
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,602,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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They are certainly not backed up by data, history, or fact.
John V. Hedtke
Like most other people who are not open to diversity, Staver provides a biased account of how same-sex marriage will affect everyone.
C. R. Martin
The book is written in the first person to mask its lack of substance.
J. D. Weekley

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Douglas Freeh on June 10, 2014
Format: Paperback
This is a complete waste of paper. Lacking reason, logic and intelligence. Don't waste your time with this book unless you, a) live in the 18th century, b) lack any ability to use reason or logic. Incoherent ramblings and bible-driven nonsense.
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66 of 101 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Weekley on June 17, 2005
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In the first few pages, Mr. Staver manages to associate same-sex marriage with sexual harrassement, polygamy and a broader agenda to "dominate the culture". This is not only completely paranoid and patently false, it borders on the ridiculous. He also cites Maggie Gallagher as an expert on marriage. She's a columnist and author who never strays from the message he is delivering here. There is no counter point or opposing opinions. Anyone interested in an unbiased or even a reasonable analysis of same-sex marriage would do better to read something else.

The book is written in the first person to mask its lack of substance. It's reliance on dogmatic and religious arguments to support its position will not persuade anyone in this debate. If you have already made up your mind against same-sex marriage, you'll find familiar and comforting arguments here. If you are really looking for information to help you decide what is the truth, look somewhere else.

I don't imagine I have to discourage anyone from buying this book. It's pedigree and its style will handle that. This book is simply unreadable.
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70 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 27, 2004
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I read this book in the library. I found it to be the usual bigotry masked as Christianity. There is no balanced look at the issue and gay people are dealt with in what I think of as a distinctly un-Christian way that does not look at their essential humanity but only as abstract faulty products. If you want more right wing fake religiousity then read it. If you'd like to really understand the issue get out in the commmunity and meet divorced people and gay people and try to figure out the real problems with marriage in our society.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Russ on December 31, 2012
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Filled with errors and cliches born of fear and hate, this book is disgusting. It will only appeal to those nut-job creationists who have already made their mind up about same-sex marriage. What is is about the idea of 2 men or 2 women raising children in a loving environment that offends these people so much? If you want what is truly best for the children, let them be raised by people who love them, not a family filled with hate.
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49 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern on August 29, 2005
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Staver's Biblical analysis barely deserves comment. Anyone who truly wishes to pattern modern marriage after the Bible's models should reread the stories of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, Solomon, and countless other Biblical paragons (not to mention God's commandments to His followers to rape and "marry" young girls captured in war--see Leviticus and Numbers) and then see what they think.

On to 21st century America. Staver's thesis is that proponents of marriage equality believe marriage is a purely private matter, and opponents believe it's a matter of the public good. That is a vastly inaccurate description, and so it is not surprising that by choosing it as his starting point, he travels farther and farther from reality.

Same-sex couples already create lasting, loving relationships blessed by their friends, family, and religious communities (this is one aspect of the term "marriage"). This will not cease to be the case whether or not civil statutes expand to allow them the rights, and impose upon them the responsibilities, of the cluster of civil contracts also called marriage. If marriage is indeed a public good--and like many marriage equality activists, and like Staver, I believe it can be--then it must be available to all who choose to enter into it, not arbitrarily allowed to some and denied to others. Staver's claim that same-sex couples are by definition incapable of marriage flies in the face of the evidence: the evidence of thousands of couples who live together, support each other emotionally and financially, raise children wisely, and serve their communities all over this country.

Not forty years ago, the state drew a different arbitrary line around the institution of marriage: "different-race couples, keep out.
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7 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Pastor, Theologian on July 17, 2013
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I am currently reading 25 books on the topic of same-sex marriage as I prepare a sermon series on the issue. This is by far one of the best - it is packed with important facts and is amazingly comprehensive and concise at the same time. Interestingly enough, as with other reviews, the negatives here have no basis for their claims, they merely don't like when someone says homosexuality is a sin or immoral or an unsafe behavior (much higher rates of mental health problems, diseases, lower life expectancy and on and on).

I would also recommend Stanton and Maier's Marriage on Trial (EXCELLENT!), Dr. Jeffrey Satinover's "Homosexuality and the Politics of Truth," and Lutzer's "The Truth about Same-Sex Marriage." Homosexuality: Contemporary Claims Examined in Light of the Bible and Other Ancient Literature and Law by James B. De Young is also good, as is Gagnon's book "The Bible and Homosexual Practice" for debunking liberal/homosexual twisting of clear Scriptures.
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Hardesty on November 12, 2012
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I believe my title says all you need to know. The ideas being expressed here are bigoted and should be reserved for much less developed nations with much less tolerant worldviews. Twenty years from now the people writing such nonsense will be put on a level with white supremacy groups and Nazis.
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