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ISBN: 1594032416
Author: David Blankenhorn
Language: English
Publisher: Encounter Books; Reprint edition (March 25, 2009)
Pages: 335
Category: Social Sciences
Subcategory: Politics
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David Blankenhorn (born 1955 in Jackson, Mississippi) is the founder and president of the Institute for American Values, co-director of The Marriage Opportunity Council.

David Blankenhorn (born 1955 in Jackson, Mississippi) is the founder and president of the Institute for American Values, co-director of The Marriage Opportunity Council, and the author of Fatherless America and The Future of Marriage. A noted figure in the campaign against same-sex marriage in the United States, his position changed and he voiced support of legalizing same-sex marriage in June 2012.

Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Blankenhorn recognises that a definition of marriage is a slippery affair, but after a close examination of the issue and how others have thought about it, he comes up with this helpful conceptualisation: "In all or nearly all human societies, marriage is socially approved sexual intercourse between a woman and a man, conceived both as a personal relationship and as an institution, primarily such that any children resulting from the union are - and are understood by society to be - emotionally, morally, practically, and legally affiliated with both of the parents.

David Blankenhorn testified against gay marriage in California’s tumultuous Proposition 8 debate. His books include The Future of Marriage. But in the summer of 2012, he announced a change of direction. He’s author of Gay Marriage: Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America. Together, in 2015, Jonathan Rauch and David Blankenhorn have launched a joint initiative, The Marriage Opportunity Council, crossing liberal and conservative, gay and straight boundaries.

In his book The Future of Marriage, Blankenhorn also endorses the equal dignity of homosexual love, and says .

In his book The Future of Marriage, Blankenhorn also endorses the equal dignity of homosexual love, and says in a footnote he disagrees with the Biblical view of sexual morality. He struggled to reconcile what he called a conflict of goods. David Blankenhorn underestimates, of course, how important his nuances are or will be. His New York Times op-ed, along with the documentary interview he gave, will be treated as a recantation and his own voice will be drowned out by people who claim to speak in his name to say things he does not believe. That is part of the process of cultural subordination we are now in, and are now wrestling with how to deal with.

The idea of this book began in a conversation David Blankenhorn had with the president of Freedom to Marry, a group . The Future of Marriage is the result of that conversation

The idea of this book began in a conversation David Blankenhorn had with the president of Freedom to Marry, a group advocating equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. This man asked Blankenhorn, a leading figure in the marriage movement, to endorse his group’s objectives. The Future of Marriage is the result of that conversation. In their current demands, Blankenhorn points out, gay and lesbian leaders are not asking for marriage with an adjective in front of it, but marriage itself. So in that sense, what marriage is and why it matters is ultimately what this debate is all about.

The Future of Marriage book. In their current demands, Blankenhorn points out, gay and lesbian leaders are not asking for marriage with the adjective gay in front of it, but marriage itself. So in that sense, what marriage is and why it matters are ultimately what this debate is all about. The Future of Marriage answers the whats and the whys of our most important-and troubled-social institution.

In his book The Future of Marriage, David Blankenhorn, a liberal, g Democrat and self-professed marriage nut, offers this sociological principle: People who professionally dislike marriage almost always favor gay marriage. As a corollary, Blankenhorn adds: Ideas that have long been used to attack marriage are now commonly used to support same-sex marriage. Blankenhorn provides almost irrefutable proof that this is the expressed agenda of many-if not most-professional advocates of same-sex marriage.

To begin, I must admit that I approached David Blankenhorn's book The Future of Marriage with some trepidation, as I know that he is against extending marriage to same-sex couples. He doesn't fall into the easy and usual trap of moralizing about homosexuality being "wrong," "perverted," or "unnatural

What is marriage? Is it essentially concerned with procreation? Or, as many now believe, is it mainly about love and commitment between adults? Recent court opinions put adult commitment front and center

What is marriage? Is it essentially concerned with procreation? Or, as many now believe, is it mainly about love and commitment between adults? Recent court opinions put adult commitment front and center. In the words of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, marriage is, in essence, the exclusive commitment of two individuals to each other, commitment whose purposes are love, mutual support, and a way of life conducive to social stability

In their current demands, Blankenhorn points out, gay and lesbian leaders are not asking for marriage with an adjective in front of it, but marriage itself.

In their current demands, Blankenhorn points out, gay and lesbian leaders are not asking for marriage with an adjective in front of it, but marriage itself. Therefore, what marriage is and why it matters is what this debate is all about.

In their current demands, Blankenhorn points out, gay and lesbian leaders are not asking for marriage with an adjective in front of it, but marriage itself. Therefore, what marriage is and why it matters is what this debate is all about. What exactly is this institution to which gay and lesbian activists are seeking access? Why do we have it in the first place? Where did it come from? What is it for? How is it changing? These are some of the hard questions The Future of Marriage confronts.

Comments:

Dainris
While the book didn't feel quite as solid or scholarly in some parts as other authors on the subject, Blankenhorn does a good job of discussing the anthropological evolution underlying human sexuality and family structure. Those looking for a hard prediction of marriage's future or the effects of one marriage definition over another on a society will be disappointed. Those, however, looking to understand why (anthropologically) humans desire marriage and how marriage is implemented across cultures will find this a very valuable resource. Additionally one will be left with a clear understanding of concrete ways in which human evolution produced long-term "pair-bonding," i.e. marriage. The book effectively torpedoes the idea that marriage is an arbitrary construct of modern male domination and leaves those opposed to marriage in the same anti-evolutionary boat as the creationists they likely abhor. It also attempts to show the basis for a childs need of two parents, though it is not the most effective resource on this topic. Overall it was a worthwhile read.
Charyoll
One of (if not) the most important and well thought out book I've read in the past few years and very relevant in our day and age. Exceptionally lays out and articulates the major drawbacks of same sex marriage to the institution of marriages as a whole. This is relevant reading for anybody and everybody, especially for those advocating same sex unions or wanting to defend traditional marriage. I highly recommend it.
Coiriel
Well researched and great points put foreward for why marriage isn't just about two people, but a civilizational institution that helps support the raising of children and their stability. Well reasoned arguments backed up by research.
Auridora
This book is priceless. It is chock-full of the history and purpose of marriage. I particularly like how Blankenhorn draws parallels between two, totally different societies (one sexually rigid, one sexually liberal; one that views fathers as originators, one that views mothers as originators). With his River Valley and Trobiand case studies (extremely different cultures) he posits that marriage is universally about securing mothers and fathers for children, and about guiding social behavior. Blankenhorn also draws from vast anthropological sources, in addition to his case studies. It is also great how he notes, via quotes, that the intelligentsia traditionally opposed to marriage as an institution, are almost always in favor of gay marriage. They are seeking the further deinstitutionalization of marriage by attempting to amputate it of it's core characteristics, such as that of sexual opposites. Get ready to laugh when he quotes all the same-sex marriage advocates and how they define marriage. Their ooey gooey perspectives on marriage make the case for why the government should not care about it, let alone grant marriage to same-sex couples. But marriage does serve a purpose that constitutes a legitimate state interest, and Blankenhorn delves into this purpose.
Dream
David Blankenhorn is a world authority on the institution of marriage. One of the biggest debates concerning marriage today is whether we should expand the concept to include same-sex unions. Blankenhorn thinks not, and in these 300 pages he sets out to make the `no' case for homosexual marriage. But he does so, pre-eminently, by making the `yes' case for the institution of heterosexual marriage.

He first seeks to get a handle on what marriage is, and then show how it has been experienced over the centuries. The first half of the book is about what marriage is, and how it has developed. The second half deals with the challenge of same-sex marriage.

Blankenhorn recognises that a definition of marriage is a slippery affair, but after a close examination of the issue and how others have thought about it, he comes up with this helpful conceptualisation:

"In all or nearly all human societies, marriage is socially approved sexual intercourse between a woman and a man, conceived both as a personal relationship and as an institution, primarily such that any children resulting from the union are - and are understood by society to be - emotionally, morally, practically, and legally affiliated with both of the parents."

In his overview of the history of marriage, he demonstrates what has been the universal belief about marriage: It reflects the fundamental belief that "for every child, a mother and a father". Thus marriage is primarily about two things: the socially approved sexual intercourse between a woman and a man, and the protection and nurturing of the fruit of that relationship. Both are vital components of marriage, and must not be separated from it or from each other.

He argues that marriage is based on two universal and timeless basic rules: the rule of opposites (marriage is man-woman) and the rule of sex (marriage involves sexual intercourse). And even though it is difficult for moderns to get their head around this fact, sexual intercourse has always been about procreation, or at least its possibility.

Put at its simplest, "marriage is fundamentally about sex and reproduction". And children born into married households are greatly advantaged. As such, "Marriage is society's most pro-child institution." The research on how child fare in a two-parent household cemented by marriage is now voluminous. No other type of relationship is as good for children as heterosexual marriage. Family structure, in other words, matters overwhelmingly for children.

And marriage is not just a private relationship; it is a public institution. Social institutions exist to meet fundamental human needs. The need for the institution of marriage arises because human beings are "sexually embodied creatures who everywhere reproduce sexually and give birth to helpless, socially needy offspring who remain immature for long periods of time and who therefore depend on the love and support of both of the parents who brought them into existence."

So how does same-sex marriage fit into all this? First, it must be said that Blankenhorn is not unsympathetic to the arguments of homosexuals wanting marriage rights. He believes that basic human rights are important, and that all people must be treated with dignity. But he still believes that marriage is not something that can be redefined to include same-sex relationships.

He argues that homosexual marriage fundamentally means transforming the institution of marriage. Even the various international human rights documents of today speak of the right to participate in the institution of marriage, but they do not "recognise the right to turn marriage into another word for any private adult relationship of choice".

And given the intimate link between marriage and parenting, to change the institution of marriage is to change parenthood itself. Changing marriage changes marriage for everyone, and it will change parenthood for everyone. But as the research keeps telling us, that will be bad news for children. Says Blankenhorn, every child in the world has a right to a name, a nationality, and a mother and father.

In addition to the deinstitutionalisation of marriage, same-sex marriage would "require us in both law and culture to deny the double origin of the child." Says Blankenhorn, "I can hardly imagine or more serious violation".

Blankenhorn then goes on to list some 23 possible positive consequences of legalising same-sex unions, then lists 24 possible negative outcomes. He also offers 12 possible neutral outcomes. A major reason for all this is to demonstrate that this idea being proposed is a very big one indeed, with profound consequences.

As but one example, if we accept the logic of same-sex marriage, how can we possibly oppose the logic of, say, bisexual, polyamorous marriage? If we can redefine marriage in terms of sexual orientation, "why not permit a bisexual woman to marry one man and one woman?"

The consequences of such a revolutionary change will be far-reaching, and at this point, perhaps unmeasurable. But the changes will be monumental. Thus we need to be very careful about how we proceed here.

Blankenhorn concludes by offering some recommendations as to how we might strengthen the institution of marriage. He acknowledges that the future of marriage is shaky at best. But it has never been equalled. The message of this important book is that we dare not play fast and loose with the world's first, and most important, social institution.
Chuynopana
Marriage has become such a polarized subject. Blankenhorn lays out very well the case for the traditional viewpoint from the point of view of a professional proponent of marriage for the benefit of children.

Of course, his NYT piece throwing in the towel over the debate is an important part of the story as well.
Arashilkis
This is an attempt by David Blankenhorn to answer the question of the future of marriage. However, while he tries to state that only marriage between one man and one woman is the preferred and only viable option for the health of the family, he is often confusing. He at points says that homosexual marriage is wrong, but then states at other points that those types of relationships should receive consideration. Moreover, he kept repeating much of the same message throughout the book, which could have been a bit shorter if he had kept his message more concise.

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