Category Archives: Same-Sex Marriage

Published on
20 January 2014

Sex and the Future of Happiness

The Open University has just published a fascinating report on sexuality and happiness. Unsurprisingly, couples who perform small acts of kindness for each other, such as making tea first thing in the morning, are likelier to be happy together than couples who do not. Curiously, however, it is also suggested that couples without children and […]

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Published on
14 January 2014

Discussing Sex in Public in 2014

Into another year the Jimmy Savile inquiry rumbles on. Today The Guardian runs a front-page article about a lawyer representing around sixty victims who is calling for a judge-led inquiry that should have access to evidence collected by other investigations. The extent of this scandal in particular, and the more widespread, even routine, sexual abuse […]

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Published on
25 May 2013

Sex, Lords, and Church Weddings: The Legal Labyrinth of Gay Marriage

From a Guest Blogger: In the midst of the ongoing gay marriage debate, the Government has faced calls to extend civil partnerships to heterosexual couples. After all, isn’t banning heterosexual couples from civil partnerships just as discriminatory as banning gay couples from marrying? The Guardian reports that one minister was confronted about the situation of […]

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Published on
14 December 2012

Marriage and Playing a Role

The principal argument advanced in favour of gay marriage appears to be based on a desire of gay people. Gay couples, it is claimed, consider their love equivalent to that of heterosexual couples and want it publicly recognised as such. That is all very well, but love, like religious faith, may be unintelligible to third […]

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Published on
13 September 2012

Nick Clegg and the ‘Bigot’ Row

For many supporters of same-sex marriage (SSM) in the UK their opponents are ‘bigots’. They are entitled to their opinion but the epithet in question is, to parody Samuel Beckett, fast becoming a word in search of some meaning. The assumption is that there are people who want something, and that there is no problem […]

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Published on
13 April 2012

A Progressive Case Against Same-Sex Marriage

From a guest blogger: During an exchange with a friend earlier this week about the Government’s plans to allow same-sex couples to marry, I objected to his suggestion that support for gay marriage was the province of the political left.  After all, the measure has been introduced by a Conservative-led government, enthusiastically supported by the […]

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Published on
22 March 2012

Gay Marriage: a Tale of Two Petitions (and Facebook)

From a guest blogger: On 20 February the website of the Coalition 4 Marriage was set up. Since then its petition has obtained, online and on paper, well over quarter of a million signatures (275,928 on 22 March). About four days after that petition was set up another website was set up in opposition: the […]

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