Podcast of Marriage Equality Debate: Franke vs. Roback Morse

Posted on February 18th, 2010 by Katherine Franke
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Last week the American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society staged a debate between Professor Katherine Franke, Director of the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law and Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, President of the Ruth Institute, a non-profit educational institute promoting “married love between heterosexuals.

Dr. Morse began the debate, arguing that legal marriage between same-sex couples is an impossibility because the institution of marriage is essentially heterosexual and reproductive in nature.  Marriage must remain a union between a man and a women who have children together because it legally acknowledges and reinforces the “natural family.”

Professor Franke responded by noting that Dr. Morse’s claims about the history and tradition of marriage were inaccurate, and that even if we assumed she were correct that marriage was essentially about “creating a legal tie between adults and their biological children,” the law of marriage in many cases does not do so, and there is no reason why same sex couples/parents should not be entitled to that legal tie as well.

Watch the podcast:

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One comment

  1. The anti-gay marriage woman is a moron. I guess the fact that a woman married to a man could be knocked up by a third party means that traditional marriage fails too, right?

    And I guess she doesn’t believe that infertile people should be allowed to marry.

    But really, the biggest problem is that we can use words in whatever way we want. If we want to call something else marriage we can. We’re not bound by a platonic form of marriage out in the universe that will smite us for using words in a new way.

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