A Traditionalist Case for Gay Marriage

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Dale Carpenter

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law

Date Written: 2008


This article presents an argument for same-sex marriage within traditionalism or Burkeanism school of conservatism. The author begins by describing briefly Burkean conservatism. Second, he sketches, based on that description, a case against the recognition of gay marriages. Third, the author outlines an affirmative argument for same-sex marriage. Fourth, he reconsiders, in the light of those arguments, the Burkean case against same-sex marriage. Finally, he discusses what a Burkean conservative ought to say about the pace and the process for achieving same-sex marriage.

Keywords: same-sex marriage, gay marriage, Burkeanism, Burkean conservatism, gay couples, legal benefits

Suggested Citation

Carpenter, Dale, A Traditionalist Case for Gay Marriage (2008). South Texas Law Review, Vol. 50, No. 1, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2818691

Dale Carpenter (Contact Author)

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 750116
Dallas, TX 75275
United States

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