Religion, Sex and Politics

Christian Churches and Same-Sex Marriage in Canada

By Pamela Dickey Young  

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Same-sex marriage continues to be a heated issue in Canadian politics. Why does this issue persist in the headlines and remain so controversial? What place does religion have in legislative and legal decisions? Religion, Sex and Politics analyzes the same-sex marriage debate in Canada by examining the intersections between religion, sexuality and public policy. Furthermore, the various arguments made by religious groups, both for and against same-sex marriage, are discussed, illustrating the range of perspectives on sexuality espoused by Christian groups and the numerous ways in which they influence the outcomes of legislation and court decisions.

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  • Introduction
  • Sexuality in the Christian Churches
  • Marriage and the Churches: The Theological and Social Underpinnings of Views on Same-Sex Marriage
  • Same-Sex Marriage and the Christian Churches in Canada
  • Analysis of the Arguments For and Against Same-Sex Marriage
  • Responses of Courts and Legislators to the Churches
  • Conclusions
  • References


  • Pamela Dickey Young

    PAMELA DICKEY YOUNG is a professor in the School of Religion at Queen’s University.

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