A Communitarian Position for Civil Unions
Just Marriage, ed. Mary Lyndon Shanley, Oxford University Press, 2004, pp. 63-66
4 Pages Posted: 5 Oct 2012
Date Written: 2004
Professor Shanley's argument is compelling, powerful, and well grounded in communitarian arguments. However, when all is said and done she does not directly address the question of whether gay and lesbian unions should be accorded the same legal status as heterosexual ones. I could go on and on about why I so strongly agree with her analysis, as far as it goes. Marriages indeed are not private events; they are occasions in which a couple comes before a community to make a commitment that falls in line with the values of that community. They are also the coming together of two families, not just two individuals.
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