Defining Marriage. Maria is opposed to the idea of gay marriage. In a recent conversation in the…

Defining Marriage. Maria is opposed to the idea of gay
marriage. In a recent conversation in the school cafeteria, Maria argues, “If
homosexuals are allowed to marry, then why not allow polygamy or other kinds of
marriages?” Richard is gay. He responds, “That’s ridiculous. All we’re asking
is that our relationships be respected by society and the law. Nobody is asking
to legalize polygamy. Even the Mormons have given up on polygamy.” Maria
replies, “I know the Mormon Church no longer officially approves of it. But
there are still Mormons who live in polygamous families. Haven’t you seen it
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Defining Marriage. Maria is opposed to the idea of gay
marriage. In a recent conversation in the school cafeteria, Maria argues, “If
homosexuals are allowed to marry, then why not allow polygamy or other kinds of
marriages?” Richard is gay. He responds, “That’s ridiculous. All we’re asking
is that our relationships be respected by society and the law. Nobody is asking
to legalize polygamy. Even the Mormons have given up on polygamy.” Maria
replies, “I know the Mormon Church no longer officially approves of it. But
there are still Mormons who live in polygamous families. Haven’t you seen it on
TV shows like Sister Wives on TLC and Big Love on HBO? What if some of those
folks—or Muslims who live in the U.S.—want to legalize polygamy?” Richard
thinks about it for a minute and then replies, “I still think you are comparing
apples and oranges. Gay marriage is not at all like polygamous marriage. I’m
talking about marriage between two and only two committed partners, not
marriage of multiple partners. You can legalize the one without legalizing the
other. You think that there’s a slippery slope here. But I deny it.” Maria
responds, “How can you draw the line once you open the door to nontraditional
marriage?”

Is there a slippery slope here? Should we open marriage up
to a variety of other arrangements? Is it possible to draw a clear line in this
case? Please justify your response with specific reference to the philosophical
concepts discussed in the chapter

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