A Time to Embrace: Same-Sex Relationships in Religion, Law, and Politics

A Time to Embrace: Same-Sex Relationships in Religion, Law, and Politics

A Time to Embrace: Same-Sex Relationships in Religion, Law, and Politics

A Time to Embrace: Same-Sex Relationships in Religion, Law, and Politics

Synopsis

In A Time to Embrace William Stacy Johnson brilliantly analyzes the religious, legal, and political debates about gay marriage, civil unions, and committed gay couples. This new edition includes updates that reflect the many changes in laws pertaining to civil unions / same-sex marriage since 2006.

Excerpt

The Supreme Court has said … [m]arriage is the most important
relation in life. Now that’s being withheld from [same-sex cou
ples]. It is the foundation of society. It is essential to the orderly
pursuit of happiness. It’s a right of privacy older than the Bill of
Rights and older than our political parties. One of the liberties
protected by the Due Process Clause. A right of intimacy to the
degree of being sacred
.

Ted Olson

Dramatic changes are afoot for same-sex couples. Six years ago, when the first edition of A Time to Embrace was published, the pro-gay marriage view it took stood in the minority. Now attitudes about gay marriage in the United States have suddenly reached a tipping point. In 2011 for the first time polls indicated a shift toward a solid majority of Americans — 53 percent — who favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry. Since only 27 percent were favorable in 1996, and 40 percent in 2004, this represents an astonishing transformation in public attitudes in a very short period of time. Among younger Americans the support is even higher, with a formidable 70 percent approval from people aged eighteen to thirty-four. These demographics suggest there will be even greater majorities supporting gay marriage going forward.

When the book was first published only three American jurisdictions provided some measure of equality for same-sex couples. Back then only . . .

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