Transformational Marriage: How to End the Culture Wars Over Same-Sex Marriage

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Abstract

Recent developments toward the legalization of same-sex marriage in the West are often viewed as a triumph for secularism in a religious-secular culture war. That assumption foments ongoing division and hostility between some committed religious observers and some LGBT persons and their supporters.

The assumption is also wrong. The recent legalization of same-sex marriage in the West has underappreciated religious and spiritual causes and potential. It is the partial result of the historical emergence of a love-based social institution of marriage in the West. These developments, which began in the 17th to 18th centuries, further allowed for the emergence of what this article calls "transformational marriage". Given the development of transformational marriage, there are now weighty reasons - both religious and secular - to support these marriages among anyone who chooses to enter into them. Debates over same-sex marriage should be removed from the contemporary religious-secular culture wars.

To show this, this chapter offers a blend of religious, scriptural, moral, secular and psychological arguments, which provide a basis for previously opposing camps to reach an "overlapping consensus" on the value of transformative marriage for all people. An overlapping consensus is the polar opposite of a religious-secular culture war: it is a consensus that can be affirmed, for different reasons, by the opposing religious, philosophical and moral doctrines likely to thrive over generations in a more or less just constitutional democracy. Hence, there are good reasons for people of good faith on all sides of this conflict to support the development of this overlapping consensus and remove the issue of same-sex marriage from the culture wars.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Contested Place of Religion in Family Law
EditorsRobin Fretwell Wilson
PublisherCambridge University Press
StatePublished - 2018

Fingerprint

Culture Wars
Religion
Marriage
Same-sex Marriage
Overlapping Consensus
Observer
Causes
Secularism
Person
Hostility
Democracy
Psychological
Supporters
Faith
Doctrine
Blends
Social Institutions

Cite this

Kar, R. B. (2018). Transformational Marriage: How to End the Culture Wars Over Same-Sex Marriage. In R. F. Wilson (Ed.), The Contested Place of Religion in Family Law Cambridge University Press.

Transformational Marriage : How to End the Culture Wars Over Same-Sex Marriage. / Kar, Robin Bradley.

The Contested Place of Religion in Family Law. ed. / Robin Fretwell Wilson. Cambridge University Press, 2018.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Kar, RB 2018, Transformational Marriage: How to End the Culture Wars Over Same-Sex Marriage. in RF Wilson (ed.), The Contested Place of Religion in Family Law. Cambridge University Press.
Kar RB. Transformational Marriage: How to End the Culture Wars Over Same-Sex Marriage. In Wilson RF, editor, The Contested Place of Religion in Family Law. Cambridge University Press. 2018
Kar, Robin Bradley. / Transformational Marriage : How to End the Culture Wars Over Same-Sex Marriage. The Contested Place of Religion in Family Law. editor / Robin Fretwell Wilson. Cambridge University Press, 2018.
@inbook{a1817bf214ff42658b59cd54c8405737,
title = "Transformational Marriage: How to End the Culture Wars Over Same-Sex Marriage",
abstract = "Recent developments toward the legalization of same-sex marriage in the West are often viewed as a triumph for secularism in a religious-secular culture war. That assumption foments ongoing division and hostility between some committed religious observers and some LGBT persons and their supporters.The assumption is also wrong. The recent legalization of same-sex marriage in the West has underappreciated religious and spiritual causes and potential. It is the partial result of the historical emergence of a love-based social institution of marriage in the West. These developments, which began in the 17th to 18th centuries, further allowed for the emergence of what this article calls {"}transformational marriage{"}. Given the development of transformational marriage, there are now weighty reasons - both religious and secular - to support these marriages among anyone who chooses to enter into them. Debates over same-sex marriage should be removed from the contemporary religious-secular culture wars.To show this, this chapter offers a blend of religious, scriptural, moral, secular and psychological arguments, which provide a basis for previously opposing camps to reach an {"}overlapping consensus{"} on the value of transformative marriage for all people. An overlapping consensus is the polar opposite of a religious-secular culture war: it is a consensus that can be affirmed, for different reasons, by the opposing religious, philosophical and moral doctrines likely to thrive over generations in a more or less just constitutional democracy. Hence, there are good reasons for people of good faith on all sides of this conflict to support the development of this overlapping consensus and remove the issue of same-sex marriage from the culture wars.",
author = "Kar, {Robin Bradley}",
year = "2018",
language = "English (US)",
editor = "Wilson, {Robin Fretwell}",
booktitle = "The Contested Place of Religion in Family Law",
publisher = "Cambridge University Press",

}

TY - CHAP

T1 - Transformational Marriage

T2 - How to End the Culture Wars Over Same-Sex Marriage

AU - Kar, Robin Bradley

PY - 2018

Y1 - 2018

N2 - Recent developments toward the legalization of same-sex marriage in the West are often viewed as a triumph for secularism in a religious-secular culture war. That assumption foments ongoing division and hostility between some committed religious observers and some LGBT persons and their supporters.The assumption is also wrong. The recent legalization of same-sex marriage in the West has underappreciated religious and spiritual causes and potential. It is the partial result of the historical emergence of a love-based social institution of marriage in the West. These developments, which began in the 17th to 18th centuries, further allowed for the emergence of what this article calls "transformational marriage". Given the development of transformational marriage, there are now weighty reasons - both religious and secular - to support these marriages among anyone who chooses to enter into them. Debates over same-sex marriage should be removed from the contemporary religious-secular culture wars.To show this, this chapter offers a blend of religious, scriptural, moral, secular and psychological arguments, which provide a basis for previously opposing camps to reach an "overlapping consensus" on the value of transformative marriage for all people. An overlapping consensus is the polar opposite of a religious-secular culture war: it is a consensus that can be affirmed, for different reasons, by the opposing religious, philosophical and moral doctrines likely to thrive over generations in a more or less just constitutional democracy. Hence, there are good reasons for people of good faith on all sides of this conflict to support the development of this overlapping consensus and remove the issue of same-sex marriage from the culture wars.

AB - Recent developments toward the legalization of same-sex marriage in the West are often viewed as a triumph for secularism in a religious-secular culture war. That assumption foments ongoing division and hostility between some committed religious observers and some LGBT persons and their supporters.The assumption is also wrong. The recent legalization of same-sex marriage in the West has underappreciated religious and spiritual causes and potential. It is the partial result of the historical emergence of a love-based social institution of marriage in the West. These developments, which began in the 17th to 18th centuries, further allowed for the emergence of what this article calls "transformational marriage". Given the development of transformational marriage, there are now weighty reasons - both religious and secular - to support these marriages among anyone who chooses to enter into them. Debates over same-sex marriage should be removed from the contemporary religious-secular culture wars.To show this, this chapter offers a blend of religious, scriptural, moral, secular and psychological arguments, which provide a basis for previously opposing camps to reach an "overlapping consensus" on the value of transformative marriage for all people. An overlapping consensus is the polar opposite of a religious-secular culture war: it is a consensus that can be affirmed, for different reasons, by the opposing religious, philosophical and moral doctrines likely to thrive over generations in a more or less just constitutional democracy. Hence, there are good reasons for people of good faith on all sides of this conflict to support the development of this overlapping consensus and remove the issue of same-sex marriage from the culture wars.

M3 - Chapter

BT - The Contested Place of Religion in Family Law

A2 - Wilson, Robin Fretwell

PB - Cambridge University Press

ER -