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The Impacts on Education and Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage and Lessons from Abortion Jurisprudence

42 Pages Posted: 23 Nov 2011  

Lynn D. Wardle

Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School

Date Written: November 21, 2011

Abstract

One of the most contentious issues to arise in public policy debates concerning the legalization of same-sex marriage is whether legalizing same-sex marriage has a significant detrimental impact on education, particularly public education. However, legal scholarly and professional consideration of this issue is scarce and one sided. This article reviews the evidence that legalizing same-sex marriage has had a serious, profoundly controversial, and arguably detrimental impact on public education. It then explains why legalization of same-sex marriage must have some impact on educational curriculum. When the meaning of marriage changes it must be reflected in the curriculum that covers that subject. Next, the existing constitutional protections against detrimental impacts upon parents’ rights and family integrity interests of legalizing same-sex marriage are reviewed. The article also presents an analogy from abortion jurisprudence that may provide some protection for parental rights to control the education of their children and protect them against some detrimental effects on education from legalizing same-sex marriage. Finally, the article provides some recommendations for legal remedies and community action that may address these concerns.

Suggested Citation

Wardle, Lynn D., The Impacts on Education and Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage and Lessons from Abortion Jurisprudence (November 21, 2011). Brigham Young University Education and Law Journal, Vol. 2011, No. 2. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1962969

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