Magazine August 14, 2017, Issue

Preserving Pluralism

A man carries flags at a rally in support of same-sex marriage at the California Supreme Court in San Francisco, California March 26, 2013. (Robert Galbraith/Reuters)
Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination, by John Corvino, Ryan T. Anderson, and Sherif Girgis (Oxford, 352 pp., $21.95)

In the eyes of many, the debate about the legalization of same-sex marriage is long over. Regardless of people’s individual opinions about marriage — which still remain fairly significantly divided — most Americans believe the question of legalization was effectively settled in the summer of 2015, when Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy joined with the four liberal members of the Court to redefine marriage for the entire country as an emotional union undertaken by any two consenting adults, regardless of sex.

Though he hasn’t abandoned the idea that the federal government has an interest in defining marriage as a permanent and

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