Liberty and Equality: In Defense of Same Sex Marriage
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Type of Work16 pages
Citation of Original PublicationHeat her Wyatt -Nichol & Lorenda A. Naylor (2015) Liberty and Equality: In Defense of Same-Sex Marriage, Public Integrity, 17:2, 117-130.
Marriage equality has gained international attention in public discourse. Laws that prohibit same-sex marriage may be categorized as both paternalistic and moralistic. This article addresses ethical and legal considerations surrounding the right of same-sex couples to marry. Three subject areas are analyzed: equality, individual liberty, and morality. The implications of the analysis reveal that prohibition of same-sex marriage is not justified based upon the criteria necessary for paternalistic and moralistic policies.