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What's wrong with homosexuality? / John Corvino.

By: Corvino, John, 1969-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Philosophy in action: Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2013]Copyright date: ©2013Description: 170 pages ; 19 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780199856312 (hardback : alk. paper); 0199856311 (hardback : alk. paper).Subject(s): Homosexuality -- Moral and ethical aspects | Same-sex marriage -- Moral and ethical aspects | Gays -- United States -- Social conditions | Lesbians -- United States -- Social conditionsDDC classification: 176/.4
Contents:
"We shouldn't even be having this discussion" -- "God said it, I believe it, that settles it" -- "A risky lifestyle" -- "It's not natural" -- "Born this way" -- "Man on man, man on dog, or whatever the case may be" -- "Bigots, perverts, and the rest of us."
Summary: "Is homosexuality unnatural? Does the Bible condemn it? Are people born gay (and should it matter either way)? Corvino approaches such questions with precision, sensitivity, and good humor. In the process, he makes a fresh case for moral engagement, forcefully rejecting the idea that morality is a "private matter." This book appears at a time when same-sex marriage is being hotly debated across the U.S. Many people object to such marriage on the grounds that same-sex relationships are immoral, or at least, that they do not deserve the same social recognition as heterosexual relationships. Unfortunately, the traditional rhetoric of gay-rights advocates -- which emphasizes privacy and tolerance -- fails to meet this objection. Legally speaking, when it comes to marriage, "tolerance" might be enough, Corvino concedes, but socially speaking, marriage requires more. Marriage is more than just a relationship between two individuals, recognized by the state. It is also a relationship between those individuals and a larger community. The fight for same-sex marriage, ultimately, is a fight for full inclusion in the moral fabric. What is needed is a positive case for moral approval -- which is what Corvino unabashedly offers here."--Amazon.com.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

"We shouldn't even be having this discussion" -- "God said it, I believe it, that settles it" -- "A risky lifestyle" -- "It's not natural" -- "Born this way" -- "Man on man, man on dog, or whatever the case may be" -- "Bigots, perverts, and the rest of us."

"Is homosexuality unnatural? Does the Bible condemn it? Are people born gay (and should it matter either way)? Corvino approaches such questions with precision, sensitivity, and good humor. In the process, he makes a fresh case for moral engagement, forcefully rejecting the idea that morality is a "private matter." This book appears at a time when same-sex marriage is being hotly debated across the U.S. Many people object to such marriage on the grounds that same-sex relationships are immoral, or at least, that they do not deserve the same social recognition as heterosexual relationships. Unfortunately, the traditional rhetoric of gay-rights advocates -- which emphasizes privacy and tolerance -- fails to meet this objection. Legally speaking, when it comes to marriage, "tolerance" might be enough, Corvino concedes, but socially speaking, marriage requires more. Marriage is more than just a relationship between two individuals, recognized by the state. It is also a relationship between those individuals and a larger community. The fight for same-sex marriage, ultimately, is a fight for full inclusion in the moral fabric. What is needed is a positive case for moral approval -- which is what Corvino unabashedly offers here."--Amazon.com.

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Library Journal Review

Corvino (philosophy, Wayne State Univ.) is a regular debater of issues surrounding sexual and gender topics, and wrote the column "The Gay Moralist" for -365gay.com. He is a former Roman Catholic and writes as an opponent of Catholic moral teaching on sexual matters, also engaging with the biblical literalism of many Protestants. He gathers the principal objections to homosexual behavior into seven chapters, each with its own theme; for example, Chapter Four, "It's Not Natural," summarizes and refutes objections arising from Catholic natural-law doctrine, and Chapter Six deals with objections that classify homosexuality with beastiality, pederasty, and similar behaviors. These comparisons invoke the slippery-slope theory that by tolerating homosexual behavior we lay ourselves open socially to worse phenomena. Corvino's writing style is readable and informed by intelligence and wit. He is also respectful of opposing views and deals with them fairly. VERDICT Well worth reading, this book sensibly organizes ethical objections to homosexual behavior, takes the time to refute them, and clarifies how defenders of homosexual rights should respond to them. Recommended.-James F. DeRoche, Alexandria, VA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Corvino (Wayne State) brings much-needed clarity to the debate on homosexuality and the tangential issue of same-sex marriage in this engaging, easy-to-follow book. Throughout he humanizes his arguments using his own experiences. Corvino concisely captures the complexity of the public debate around homosexuality, pointing out that those who support or oppose homosexual relationships do so for various reasons that are rooted in moral beliefs rather than strictly political ones. Corvino challenges the "live and let live" approach of arguments focusing on private morality--that an individual's rights should not be determined by someone else's moral outlook. Instead he argues that morality is very much a part of the public sphere, since moral principles shape how people view and interact with one another. Corvino weaves together philosophical arguments and commonly accepted views, weighing in on many mainstream criticisms of homosexuality: that it is a sin according to the Bible, that it is a high-risk lifestyle, and that it defies nature. He also examines the question of whether people are born or choose to be homosexual. Corvino blends philosophical theory with sound critical analysis to parse the assumptions and beliefs around homosexuality and bring to the surface questions that can be reasonably addressed. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty. D. Hurst Florida State University

Author notes provided by Syndetics

John Corvino is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wayne State University. A frequent speaker on LGBT issues, he has presented his popular talk "What's Morally Wrong with Homosexuality?" and related programs at over 200 universities and other venues. As "The Gay Moralist" he has been aregular columnist for 365gay.com, Pridesource.com, and the Independent Gay Forum. John has also been a guest on MSNBC's "Scarborough Country" and on numerous other radio programs. An award-winning teacher, he is also the recipient of a 2004 Spirit of Detroit Award from the Detroit City Council forhis work on behalf of LGBT rights.

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