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More than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic ChurchInquiry, Thought, and Expression$
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J. Patrick Hornbeck II and Michael A. Norko

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823257621

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823257621.001.0001

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Same-Sex Marriage, the Right to Religious and Moral Freedom, and the Catholic Church

Same-Sex Marriage, the Right to Religious and Moral Freedom, and the Catholic Church

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(p.106) 5 Same-Sex Marriage, the Right to Religious and Moral Freedom, and the Catholic Church
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More than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church
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Michael John Perry

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823257621.003.0006

This chapter addresses the legal dimensions of same-sex marriage from the vantage of the legal categories of religious and moral freedom as well as of widely accepted international doctrine on human rights. It disputes the assertions advanced by the church hierarchy in the political actions it has undertaken to combat—on moral grounds—the legalization of same-sex marriage. It argues that the religious or moral claims of one sectarian group may not be legitimately used by governments to displace the moral freedom of other groups or persons, especially in societies in which various religious groups may differ on the question at hand. There is, indeed, a religious freedom argument to be made about same-sex marriage, but it is not the one championed by the Catholic bishops.

Keywords:   religious freedom, moral freedom, same-sex marriage, human rights, religious groups

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