What is Marriage?
For millennia, all societies have viewed marriage as an exclusively heterosexual club. But in the last few years, more and more people are saying its time to open the marriage door to homosexuals. After all, we are told, if marriage is all about love and mutual commitment, gay people can do that at least as well as straightswho have thoroughly messed up the institution in any event. And besides, it would be discriminatory to deny homosexuals the right to marry, no?
But according to authors of a great new book, were on the wrong track already if the marriage debate gets bogged down in the issues of love or rights, because marriage is founded on something far deeper. The book is called What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense, and its written by Sherif Girgis, Ryan Anderson, and my friend Princeton professor Robby George. What we have come to call the gay marriage debate, these three scholars write, is not directly about homosexuality, but about marriage. Its not about whom to let marry, but about what marriage is.