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What's Wrong With Homosexuality?

John Corvino
New York : Oxford University Press, c2013.
Philosophy in action : small books about big ideas
Philosophy in action
9780199856312 (hbk. : alk. paper), 0199856311 (hbk. : alk. paper)
Is homosexuality unnatural? Does the Bible condemn it? Are people born gay (and should it matter either way)? Corvino approaches such questions with precision, sensitivity, and good humor. In the process, he makes a fresh case for moral engagement, forcefully rejecting the idea that morality is a "private matter." This book appears at a time when same-sex marriage is being hotly debated across the U.S. Many people object to such marriage on the grounds that same-sex relationships are immoral, or at least, that they do not deserve the same social recognition as heterosexual relationships. Unfortunately, the traditional rhetoric of gay-rights advocates-- which emphasizes privacy and tolerance-- fails to meet this objection. Legally speaking, when it comes to marriage, "tolerance" might be enough, Corvino concedes, but socially speaking, marriage requires more. Marriage is more than just a relationship between two individuals, recognized by the state. It is also a relationship between those individuals and a larger community. The fight for same-sex marriage, ultimately, is a fight for full inclusion in the moral fabric. What is needed is a positive case for moral approval-- which is what Corvino unabashedly offers
  • We shouldn't even be having this discussion
  • God said it, I believe it, that settles it
  • A risky lifestyle
  • It's not natural
  • Born this way
  • Man on man, man on dog, or whatever the case may be
  • Bigots, perverts, and the rest of us.
170 p. ; 19 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 155-159) and index.
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