BOOK: Debating Same-Sex Marriage
AUTHOR(s): John Corvine and Maggie Gallagher
In “Debating Same-Sex Marriage,” John Corvino and Maggie Gallagher have done the nearly impossible: they’ve taken a fiery hot button topic and presented a debate that is thorough, civil and wholeheartedly respectful of the other’s viewpoints. You would be hard pressed to find two people who disagree more vehemently; yet their arguments never cross over into name-calling, generalizations or whole-hearted condemnation. I was wowed by the authors’ ability to stay on topic and debate such a heated subject matter so tactfully. Regardless of where you stand on the debate line, “Debating Same-Sex Marriage” is serious food for thought.
“Debating Same-Sex Marriage’s” format is quite interesting – and massively effective. Each of the authors offers up an essay outlining theirs views first. Then, they each have a chance to offer a rebuttal to the other’s essay. The result is that each point made by Corvino is addressed by Gallagher and vise versa. It’s like witnessing a live debate between these two lively characters. Excellent indeed.
While my personal views did not change in light of Gallagher’s arguments, I did find myself contemplating ideas I had not previously thought of. I highly recommend this to all – if only for a manual on how to respectful debate a member of the opposing viewpoint. Well done!