Public reason perfectionism and same-sex marriage
01/05/2014, 17:00 - 19:00
How should citizens and legislators approach the controversial issue of same-sex marriage? Should arguments for or against same-sex marriage be expressed in terms that all citizens could accept, or at least not reasonably reject? A wide variety of approaches to the issue have been proposed by legal and political theorists, from the ‘privatisation’ of civil marriage altogether to the retention of traditional opposite-sex marriage. Greg Walker’s discussion of the topic seeks to shed light not only on the different positions taken on civil marriage itself but also on the different models of public reason employed by the various contributors to the debate.
Greg Walker received his PhD in political theory from Cardiff University in 2012 and is currently an MBA student at the Institute of Education, University of London. He is a member of the Council of The Open University and sits on the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales’s Student Experience & Teaching Quality Committee. A journal article on liberalism and same-sex marriage authored by Dr Walker will be published in the spring 2014 issue of The British Journal of American Legal Studies.
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