What is Marriage? (part 1)
Ryan Anderson talks gender, equality, and social justice in relation to same-sex marriage.
“Marriage equality depends on marriage reality”, says Ryan T. Anderson, researcher on marriage and religious liberty at The Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C.
What is marriage? And why is it something the government should be involved in in the first place?
In this interview with Justine Toh, Anderson weighs up different definitions of marriage; considers what the social science research shows about the composition of families and the flourishing of children; and asks what happens when we disassociate gender from marriage.
Ryan Anderson is the author of Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom, and co-author with Princeton’s Robert P. George and Sherif Girgis of What is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense. His work was cited both by Justice Samuel Alito in his dissenting opinion on the federal Defense of Marriage Act case in 2013 and by Justice Clarence Thomas in his dissenting opinion in the 2015 Supreme Court marriage case.