Is Same-Sex Marriage Morally Permissible?


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Is Same-Sex Marriage Morally Permissible?
Same-sex marriage is a controversial issue in contemporary popular culture, religion, and state and federal law. The debate over the moral and legal permissibility of same-sex marriage is an especially current topic in today’s headlines because of recent legislative and court rulings in Maine, Vermont, and Connecticut that have made same-sex marriage legal (Goodnough) and a court ruling in California that has upheld a 2008 change to the state’s constitution that outlaws same-sex marriage (Schwartz). While these recent developments in the state of same-sex marriage in the United States is primarily a legal matter, behind the fight both for and against the issue is a moral question about...
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