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The Department of Philosophy Colloquium Series and the Brockington Visitorship present

Steve Macedo (Princeton University)

“No Slippery Slopes: Same-Sex Couples, Monogamy & the Future of Marriage”

THURSDAY, January 19th, 2017

WATSON HALL, ROOM 517 @ 4:00 p.m.

Will same-sex marriage lead to more radical marriage reform? Should it? Conservatives warn of a slippery slope from same-sex marriage toward polygamy, adult incest, and the dissolution of marriage as we know it; many progressives embrace these changes. Professor Stephen Macedo argues that both sides are wrong: the same principles of democratic justice that demand marriage equality for same sex couples also lend support to monogamous marriage.

Professor Macedo will explore the meaning of contemporary marriage and the reasons for both its fragility and its enduring significance. Professor Macedo is Laurence S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University and the author of Just Married: Same-Sex Couples, Monogamy, and the Future of Marriage (Princeton University Press, 2015).


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