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Defending Traditional Marriage: Dr. Ryan Anderson Presents Marriage and the State

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February 26, 2015 - 9:18 PST

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STEUBENVILLE, OH (February 26, 2015) - Will the legality of same-sex marriage be decided once and for all by the Supreme Court? Not quite, said Dr. Ryan Anderson, co-author of the acclaimed book What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense. Anderson gave a talk February 10 at Franciscan University of Steubenville on "Marriage Equality and Marriage Reality at the Supreme Court: What You Need to Know About Marriage and the State."

The case that the Supreme Court will hear in April and rule on in June, Anderson explained to a packed house at Franciscan University, is not about whether state-recognized same-sex marriage is a good or bad idea, but whether it's required by the Constitution.

"Not a single Supreme Court justice in U.S. history has written an opinion stating that the traditional definition of marriage violates the 14th Amendment," said Anderson, who researches and writes about marriage and religious liberty as the William E. Simon Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. "So if they were to write such an opinion in June, they would truly be doing something unprecedented."

The majority of Anderson's talk was devoted to demonstrating the rational basis for the traditional view of marriage. Tracing the history of the great thinkers who accepted that marriage ought to be understood as a faithful, fruitful union of a man and a woman--including thinkers from ancient Greece and Rome, both cultures with a positive or neutral view of homosexual relationships--Anderson surveyed an array of secular reasons for seeking to preserve and support the traditional definition of the institution of marriage. Audio and video of Anderson's full address may be found at www.faithandreason.com.

Anderson, who has appeared on CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC, explained that the issue coming before the Supreme Court is whether judges or ordinary citizens will determine the legal definition of marriage in this country.

In the end, said Anderson, much depends on whether supporters of traditional marriage convincingly demonstrate the rationality of their position, not just the morality.

"We could choose to give up, or we can choose to do what the pro-lifers did 42 years ago," said Anderson, briefly summarizing the tactics that have produced the present pro-life majority in America. "It's easy today to be pro-life on a secular elite campus, much easier than it is to be pro-marriage. But there's no reason to say that 40 years from now, it won't be easy to be pro-marriage. It all depends on what we do."

The talk was sponsored by Franciscan University's Distinguished Speakers Series, the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life, and Young Americans for Freedom student club.

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Franciscan University of Steubenville
http://www.franciscan.edu
OH, 43952 US
Tom Sofio - Associate Director of Public Relations,

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Franciscan University, Marriage, Dr. Ryan Anderson

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Catholic Schools & Religious Education

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