Sexual Difference and Marriage: An Urgent Need for New Studies
National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 2009 Autumn; 9(3): 441-446
Most governments worldwide recognize marriage as the union only of man and woman. Especially in Europe and North America, however, there is growing support for legalization of same-sex marriages. The impending shift in marriage policy posits the supposed insignificance of sexual difference. There is thus a need for comprehensive reflection on the essential substance of sexual differences, and on the legal and social relevance of sexual complementarity. Defenders of traditional marriage must be prepared to offer reasons why society must continue to recognize sexual difference as a fundamental attribute of marriage, argued in terms that carry authority and meaning in today's post-Christian ethos.