hat's the big deal about gay marriage? The seismic waves from same-sex marriage and parenting have the potential to deconstruct humanity. Authors Maier and Stanton offer compelling reasons why legalizing this arrangement will be harmful to the larger community and future generations. Get your answers here
With the debate over same-sex marriage boiling over into court action, civil demonstration and even legislative debates and proposals, you may think you've heard all of the arguments pro and con on this divisive issue. But what you probably haven't
heard are concrete, rational reasons why same-sex marriage is or is not a good idea for individuals and communities. Dr. Bill Maier and Glenn T. Stanton, both experts in the fields of psychology and sociology, offer such reasons. Arguing against same-sex marriage and parenting in Marriage on Trial
, they draw on current social science research to offer clear and cogent answers to the questions at the center of the debate, including
- Is marriage a public or private matter?
- Can marriage be redefined, legally and socially?
- How will allowing marriage between homosexuals affect families and communities?
- How does same-sex parenting affect children?
Helping you sift through the emotion, the rhetoric and the myths, Stanton and Maier provide in this book a compelling counter-argument to those who advocate homosexual marriage and a thought-provoking assessment of the psychological and sociological harm that homosexual marriage (if legalized and legitimized) will do to communities and children.
Stanton is director of social research and cultural affairs, and senior analyst for marriage and sexuality, at Focus on the Family, based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is the author of and a contributor to many books, including His book explores the virtue of imperfect families and the sacredness of the mundaneness of family life. Stanton has published articles in the and He is also a winner of the 2001 Amy Foundation Writing Award and is featured in the PBS documentary As a media spokesperson for Focus on the Family, he has been interviewed by hundreds of print and media outlets, including MSNBC and CNN, and he has been quoted in the the the and the A graduate of the University of West Florida, Stanton earned a master's degree in interdisciplinary humanities with an emphasis in philosophy, history and religion. He has taught in each of these disciplines.
Maier is a clinical psychologist and serves as vice president and psychologist-in-residence at Focus on the Family, based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He hosts the national radio program and He is a regular contributor to magazine and has written for the and the Maier received his master's and doctoral degrees from the Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University. He has served at respected institutions such as Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Camarillo State Hospital and the Long Beach Child Guidance Center. He has extensive experience in parent training and education, and his major area of research interest is the impact of cultural trends on child development and family functioning.
Stanton and Maier make a convincing argument why same-sex marriage and parenting is not a good idea. It will help every reader to better understand what is at stake in the debate over same-sex marriage and parenting.
"Many books are being written concerning marriage today, and Stanton and Maier have produced one of the best. With careful thought and scholarship, they prepare readers to address the issues concerning the cultural debate over same-sex marriage. Those wanting a resource to help defend a traditional view of marriage need look no further than Marriage on Trial."
"If you care about the future of marriage, read this book. Stanton and Maier will tell you how to explain to your friends, relatives and children why marriage matters and how same-sex marriage is exactly the kind of social experiment on kids we don't need."
"Marriage on Trial will prepare and challenge its readers to defend the traditional institution of marriage between one man and one woman. Organized around the contemporary challenges, questions and confusions surrounding same-sex marriage, Stanton and Maier's book provides understandable and documented responses grounded in the best published social science research."
"Most Christians are ignorant about arguments for and against same-sex marriage, and most Christians do not understand that there are differences of opinion on this topic within the gay community. This new book by Stanton and Maier provides insights into the relevant issues and will benefit Christians involved in the contemporary debates."
"The authors make a convincing case for why marriage, in the true sense, can only be between one man and one woman. Tolerance of homosexuality is reasonable and fair, but affirmation of same-sex partnerships as equivalent to marriage does not serve human well-being--in fact, it flies in the face of all the evidence of creation."
" Marriage on Trial goes beyond the headlines to offer a searching, thoughtful exploration of the sociological, anthropological and psychological implications of same-sex marriage. Whether or not one agrees with Stanton and Maier's conclusions, this book forces all of us to think seriously about how same-sex marriage may or may not change the way we think about sexual fidelity, fatherhood and the value of marriage for children. Every party to the debate on same-sex marriage should read this book."