Saturday, September 27, 2008
My copy of a new book arrived in the mail today: Douglas Laycock, Anthony R. Picarello, Jr., & Robin Fretwell Wilson, eds., Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty: Emerging Conflicts (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008).
In the best of all possible worlds, Rob Vischer would write an essay-review of this book. Pending that review, Doug Laycock's conclusion (at page 207) seems to me compelling:
The nature of marriage is a question with profound religious significance and fundamentally disputed answers. The state has no more business imposing a single answer to that question than to any other religious question. Marriage is for the churches; government should confine itself to civil unions. And then we should try as best we can to create rules that enable Americans with fundamentally different views of marriage to live in peace and equality in the same society.