With same-sex marriage igniting a firestorm of controversy in the press and in the courts, in legislative chambers and in living rooms, Andrew Sullivan, a pioneering voice in the debate, has brought together two thousand years of argument in an anthology of historic inclusiveness and evenhandedness. Among the selections included here: - The 2003 Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling in support of same-sex marriage- Justice Kennedy s majority opinion and Justice Scalia s dissent in the 2003 landmark Supreme Court decision striking down anti-sodomy laws- President George W. Bush s call for a Federal Marriage Amendment- John Kerry s Senate speech urging defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act- Harvard historian Nancy F. Cott's testimony before the Vermont House Judiciary Committee- Reverend Peter J. Gomes on the distinction between civil and religious marriage- Stanley Kurtz on the politics of gay marriage- Evan Wolfson on the popularity of the right to marry among lesbians and gay men- New York Times op-ed columnistDavid Brooks conservative case for same-sex marriage- Excerpts from Genesis, Leviticus, and other essential biblical texts- Aristophanes s classic theory of same-sex love, from Plato s Symposium- Hannah Arendt on marriage as a fundamental right- Camille Paglia s skepticism Representing the full range of perspectives and the most cogent and arresting arguments, Same-Sex Marriageis essential to a balanced understanding of the most pressing cultural question we face today.
Andrew Sullivan is a senior editor at The New Republic, where he was editor from 1991-1996; a columnist for Time magazine; and daily writer for www.andresullivan.com, one of the most influential political weblogs. He is the author of Virtually Normal: An Argument About Homosexuality. He holds a B.A. in modern history and modern languages from Oxford University and Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. He lives in Washington D.C., and Providencetown, Massachusetts.