Same-Sex Marriage—And Marriage
The Center for Inquiry firmly believes that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals are entitled to the same civil rights and liberties as heterosexuals. They are also entitled to the same economic benefits. CFI has examined the issue of same-sex marriage and has concluded that as long as the state recognizes and regulates intimate relationships through the institution of marriage, then marriage should be available for LGBT individuals just as it is for heterosexuals. The alternative of civil unions is not acceptable as marriage provides benefits that are not available through civil unions. Moreover, as long as marriage is confined to heterosexuals, LGBT persons are effectively branded as second-class citizens. CFI's position paper, authored by Dr. Ruth Mitchell, examines the movement for same-sex marriage and analyzes and refutes the arguments that have been offered in opposition to same-sex marriage.
Dr. Ruth Mitchell is a graduate of Oxford University; she received her Ph.D. from UCLA. Dr. Mitchell is a writer, researcher, and analyst, who has devoted much of her career to improving educational outcomes for disadvantaged children. She is the author or editor of several books on educational standards and testing.