In April 2015 I read Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior is Changing Everything (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2014) by Robert R. Reilly and wrote a book review on it for the Denver Jouranl (vol. 18, 2015).
This book was a shocking eye-opener for me, both in its persuasive arguments against same-sex unions from a philosophical and social perspective, but also (and more so) due to its revelation of the inroads gay activist groups and beliefs have made in American society. This topic occupies the second half of the book and is aptly summarized by the “How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior is Changing Everything” subtitle. At some point in the future I hope to summarize in more detail these chapters, but for now you can read my review of the entire book. A sample and link to the full review is below.
On June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court ruled in a split 5-4 decision that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional and struck it down. That part had specifically barred same-sex couples from being considered spouses under federal law, effectively banning them from marriage and its accompanying benefits. In the two years since that decision, thirty-four states have legalized same-sex marriage, twenty-six through court orders and eight by state legislatures. For many Americans, such a radical and swift change in legislative and judicial actions at both the state and federal level have seemingly come out of nowhere, catching many off-guard. In addition, public sentiment has likewise undergone a seismic shift, as majority disapproval of same-sex marriage a few years ago has suddenly flipped and now a majority not only approve but advocate for its legalization…
Ben is a graduate of Denver Seminary, having completed a double MA in New Testament Biblical Studies and Christian Apologetics and Ethics. He will be pursuing a PhD in politics starting in fall 2019. He loves reading, drinking coffee, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. His academic interests include biblical languages and exegesis, theology, philosophy, politics, and economics.