Cafe Inquiry

Tuesday, March 25th 2014 at 7:00 pm
Tuesday, March 25th 2014 at 9:00 pm
Hill Center DC, 921 Pennsylvania Ave SE (Eastern Market Metro), Washington, DC 20003

This event occurs on the Fourth Tuesday of each month except December.

We will be in Walt Whitman Room. Entrance is on 9th St SE. Elevator access available. Overflow room available in case of higher turnout to ensure all attendees receive adequate opportunities to participate.

Cafe Inquiry is our monthly casual get-together to meet people and discuss topics of science and humanism.

This month's discussion: Marriage

-How has marriage changed historically?

-Does the state have a legitimate interest in marriage? Should the state have any role in creating laws or incentives for marriage? Should marriage be solely a religious institution?

-Should married citizens receive benefits that single citizens do not such as tax benefits, insurance, pensions, etc.?

-What players benefit from a state or religious interest in marriage? What groups are diminished?

-Is monogamy an essential component to marriage? Should polygamous marriages be legal? Why or why not?

-Is marriage inherently patriarchal? Is egalitarian marriage possible? What factors inhibit or foster egalitarian marriage?

-Will the increasing acceptance of gay marriage change the character of marriage as an institution?

-How integral to society is marriage? Could we reorganize the functions that take place in the family without marriage?

-Is marriage the best institution to provide for the care and raising of children? What is the best way to foster a healthy environment for raising children?

No outside food or drink allowed. Free and open to the public.

We are also planning to go out for food and/or drinks afterwards. 

Interested in leading a discussion or have someone to recommend? Please contact us at dc[at]

The venue is wheelchair accessible. People with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may email sdavis [at] centerforinquiry [dot] net in advance of the event.