The In Controversy series examines the complex, controversial issues of the day by breaking them into smaller pieces. By studying a specific issue, for example the ethics of embryonic stem cell research, rather than the entire stem cell research debate, students gain a more solid and focused understanding of a topic as a whole. Each book in the series provides a clear, insightful discussion of the issues, integrating facts and a variety of contrasting opinions for a solid, balanced perspective. Personal accounts and direct quotes from academic and professional experts, advocacy groups, politicians, and others enhance the narrative. Sidebars add depth to the discussion by expanding on important ideas and events. For quick reference, a list of key facts concludes every chapter. Source notes, an annotated organizations list, bibliography, and index provide student researchers with additional tools for papers and class discussion.
Other titles in the series include:
How Does Cell Phone Use Impact Teenagers?
How Does Video Game Violence Affect Society?
How Serious a Problem Is Drug Use in Sports?
How Serious a Threat Are Online Predators?
How Should Sex Education Be Taught in Schools?
Is Human Embryo Experimentation Ethical?
Is Medical Marijuana Necessary?
Is Social Networking Beneficial to Society?
Should Smoking Be Banned?
Should Vaccination for Youth Be Mandatory?
Table of Contents
Introduction An Unanticipated Result? 6
Chapter 1 What Are the Origins of the Same-Sex Marriage Debate? 9
Chapter 2 Should Same-Sex Marriage Be Considered a Constitutional Right? 24
Chapter 3 Should Religion Prohibit Same-Sex Marriage? 38
Chapter 4 How Do Same-Sex Households Affect Children? 52
Chapter 5 What Impact Would Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage Have on Society? 66
Source Notes 79
Related Organizations and Websites 85
Additional Reading 89
About the Authors 96