Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom

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Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom BY RYAN T. ANDERSON REGNERY, 256 PAGES, $16.99

In Truth Overruled, Ryan T. Anderson makes a principled defense of marriage and religious liberty in the wake of Obergefell. He proposes a roadmap for anticipating future challenges, lays out strategies for long-term renewal in the years ahead, and argues for religious liberty as a human right, one that must be asserted against the coercive legal regime that follows from enshrining sexual orientation and gender identity as the defining characteristics of the new protected classes. He offers arguments for laws such as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the First Amendment Defense Act. Rebutting the notion that mothers and fathers are ancillary to marriage, he summarizes how social science reaffirms the truth that children do best with a mom and a dad. He highlights the need for social science to continue to investigate child outcomes of both same-sex and opposite-sex households. And he offers advice for churches on how to uphold the truth about marriage in their local congregations.

Two items were of particular interest in my own reading. First, Anderson shows why sexual orientation is conceptually not like race: Orientation manifests itself through action, while race does not-and it's reasonable to make judgments about action. Second, Anderson highlights voices of individuals who were raised in same-sex households and loving both partners in the home but feel they've missed out on either a mom or a dad. …

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