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This essay examines the U.S. gay marriage debates that have occurred over the past decade. In the mid-to-late 1990s, the gay marriage debates turned largely on the demonisation of sex (that is, sexual expression in general and same-sex activity especially) and the consequent need to regulate or normalise it through marriage. Since September 11 [,2001], the terms of this debate have intensified as the country has come to re-examine its understanding of social and political security. This larger context has shaped the gay marriage debate so that, on the one hand, sex outside of marriage has been figured as a form of domestic terrorism, while, on the other hand, marriage itself has become a figure for national security. It is within the framework of this heightened debate that, I believe, same-sex marriage will be increasingly politically recognised within the next several years.

In: Minding Evil
Volume Editor: Margaret Sönser Breen
Written across the disciplines of law, literature, philosophy, and theology, Understanding Evil: An Interdisciplinary Approach represents wide-ranging approaches to and understandings of “evil” and “wickedness.”
Consisting of three sections – “ Grappling with Evil”, “ Justice, Responsibility, and War” and “ Blame, Murder, and Retributivism” –, all the essays are inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary in focus. Common themes emerge around the dominant narrative movements of grieving, loss, powerlessness, and retribution that have shaped so many political and cultural issues around the world since the fall of 2001. At the same time, the interdisciplinary nature of this collection, together with the divergent views of its chapters, reminds one that, in the end, an inquiry into “evil” and “wickedness” is at its best when it promotes intelligence and compassion, creativity and cooperation.
The thirteen essays are originally presented at and then developed in light of dialogues held at the Third Global Conference on Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness, held in March 2002 in Prague.
In: Genealogies of Identity
In: Truth, Reconciliation, and Evil
In: Truth, Reconciliation, and Evil
In: Truth, Reconciliation, and Evil
In: Truth, Reconciliation, and Evil
In: Truth, Reconciliation, and Evil
In: Truth, Reconciliation, and Evil