In the occasion of the US Supreme court ruling on same-sex marriage < Decision available here> (decided on 26 June 2015) I recommend to hear this lecture of Harvard’s Michael Sandel on the same issue years ago.
My understanding is that Sandel is not making an argument in favor (or against, for that matter) of same-sex marriage, but he just showed that it is difficult to make a legal decision on that matter without having for that purpose considered the moral – and sometimes religious – values.
Apparently, the ruling orders equal recognition and respect for the petitioners to marry, recognizing that: “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family.” (p.28)
It is important to consider here that the court is talking about a state’s recognized social institution, not a Christian ethos – which is in opposition as many other religions do. So the discussion is within the state willingness and capacity to decide on which social institutions to respect, recognize, and encourage.
This blog was published on 29 June 2015. It needs still to be edited. Please do not quote.