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State of Democracy Lecture with Stephen Macedo

Maxwell Auditorium

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

Will same-sex marriage lead to more radical marriage reform? Should it? Some warn of a dramatically slippery slope from same-sex marriage toward legalizing polygamy and adult incest, and the dissolution of marriage as we know it; others embrace such changes. Professor 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.


Stephen Macedo is Laurance 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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