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dc.contributor.authorBourne, Craig
dc.contributor.authorCaddick Bourne, Emily
dc.date.accessioned2013-11-13T09:31:08Z
dc.date.available2013-11-13T09:31:08Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.identifier.citationBourne , C & Caddick Bourne , E 2013 ' Does same-sex marriage show Church and state cannot sing from the same hymn sheet? ' University of Hertfordshire .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 2538703
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 28afd750-b70d-4dfa-a761-c029c1279a3e
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2299/12109
dc.description.abstractOne important conflict between Church and state in which there is much contemporary interest centres on same-sex marriage. More and more states are reforming marriage law to allow for same-sex marriage in the secular context. The extension of equal marriage from the secular to the religious context, however, remains fraught. We respond to three arguments against same-sex marriage within religious contexts. The first says that same-sex relationships fail to realise the value of marriage because they do not lead to procreation. The second says that the attitudes expressed in a religious text justify not accommodating same-sex marriage. The third says that making marriage available to same-sex couples induces a change in the meaning of ‘marriage’. We argue that none of these arguments succeeds. Religious representatives should, if they are open to reasons (see §3), endorse same-sex marriage. Nevertheless, we argue that the state should allow individuals who perform religious marriages the option of declining to marry same-sex couples. This is because of the special role of sincerity in performing a marriage. The requirement of sincerity distinguishes the case of marriage from cases where a couple’s right to equality of opportunity is violated, e.g. where an hotelier refuses a room to a couple because they are of the same sex. Representatives of a religion who believe that marriage is unsuitable for same-sex couples, however poor their arguments, are incapable of performing same-sex marriages. In that case, they should not be subject to state sanctions for refusing to marry a same-sex couple.en
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dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherUniversity of Hertfordshire
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dc.titleDoes same-sex marriage show Church and state cannot sing from the same hymn sheet?en
dc.contributor.institutionPhilosophy
dc.contributor.institutionSchool of Humanities
dc.contributor.institutionSocial Sciences, Arts & Humanities Research Institute
dc.contributor.institutionLaw
dc.relation.schoolSchool of Humanities
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dcterms.dateAccepted2013
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rioxxterms.typeWorking paper
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