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Same-Sex Marriage: Pro and Con

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With same-sex marriage igniting a firestorm of controversy in the press and in the courts, in legislative chambers and in living rooms, Andrew Sullivan, a pioneering voice in the debate, has brought together two thousand years of argument in an anthology of historic inclusiveness and evenhandedness. Among the selections included here:

- The 2003 Massachusetts Supreme Judici
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Paperback, 380 pages
Published May 11th 2004 by Vintage (first published March 25th 1997)
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Douglas Wilson
Feb 26, 2013 Douglas Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Andrew Sullivan edited this book, and I was pleased with his fairness in selecting the opponents to his view that were to be represented here. This was a very helpful book, with very capable writers on both sides. Worthwhile.
Greg
Jan 12, 2014 Greg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is quite an interesting read. This book was published in 1997 on the heels of DOMA being passed. 17 years later I am reading this book as DOMA has recently been struck down. During the writing of this book 0 states recognized gay marriage. Now in 2014 17 states allow gay marriage with 2 more states that have suspended rulings.

It is amazing to see how fast things can change. This book provides two sides of the coin when it comes to gay marriage. We get some research about gay unions in other
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E
Sep 04, 2010 E rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics-history
Oof. It's good, as in representative of all the intellect, ignorance, justice-seeking, fear-mongering, passion, and hatred that the topic ignites in the United States. Everything from religious bickering to Congressional hearings to law journals are there. The book is over ten years old and considering its now yellowing pages, the debate hasn't evolved much except that the right has adopted the new strategy of claiming victimhood by the label "homophobic" and by the religious intolerance gay rig ...more
Darin Strachan
Nov 02, 2011 Darin Strachan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was published in the late 1990s when the Defense of Marriage Act so some of the specifics are dated. The editor, Andrew Sullivan, is apparently pro same-sex marriage, but the book is a good example of presenting both sides of the argument.
Eva
Jun 26, 2011 Eva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinated by this book in college. Definitely have to read it again.
Jennifer
This book seems really dated at this point, but its still a good resource for teachers insofar as it presents some of the relevant primary source material and some important early essays in this debate. I would not recommend purchasing the book for a course but there is some stuff that can be be culled from this and presented in current class discussion (or that might serve as useful background reading for professors).
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Andrew Michael Sullivan is a British blogger, author, and political commentator. He is a speaker at universities, colleges, and civic organizations in the United States, and a guest on national news and political commentary television shows in the United States and Europe. Born and raised in England, he has lived in the United States since 1984 and currently resides in Washington, D.C. and Provinc ...more
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