What are the causes of homosexuality? Should gay men and women serve in the military? Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry? What should schools teach about homosexuality? Editor Cynthia A. Bily has compiled several thoughtful essays that debate the answers to these four questions. Subtopics are also explored from divergent viewpoints, giving your readers a broad view of important issues. Essay sources include Robert Mitchum, C. Dixon Osburn, Mackubin Thomas Owens, John Caldwell, and John McCain.
ContentsHomosexuality is influenced by genetics / Robert Mitchum ; Homosexuality is influenced by prenatal conditions / Neil Swidey ; Homosexuality is caused by psychological trauma / Richard Fitzgibbons ; The causes of homosexuality are irrelevant / Andrew Fink ; Homosexuality can be "cured" / "Ben Newman" ; Homosexuality cannot be "cured" / Casey Sanchez
Gay men and women in the military disrupt unit cohesion / Mackubin Thomas Owens ; Gay men and women in the military do not disrupt unit cohesion / Gregory M. Herek and Aaron Belkin ; The military is better off without gay men and women / Robert Maginnis ; Gay men and women make important contributions to our military effort / C. Dixon Osburn ; The "Don't ask, don't tell" policy is effective and necessary / John McCain ; The "Don't ask, don't tell" policy is not effective or necessary / Laura Kiritsy
The United States needs a federal marriage amendment / Marilyn Musgrave ; The United States does not need a federal marriage amendment / Charles Krauthammer ; Civil unions are reasonable alternative to marriage for same-sex couples / Dennis O'Brien ; Civil unions are not a reasonable alternative to marriage / Norma Love ; Civil unions pose a threat to the institution of marriage / Midge Decter ; The institution of marriage itself is out of date / Mary E. Hunt ; Same-sex couples pose a threat to children in their care / "An adoptive father" ; Many same-sex couples make good parents / Williams Meezan and Jonathan Rauch
Children should be taught in school to understand homosexuality / Arthur Lipkin ; Schools should not address homosexuality / Bob Unruh ; Sex education programs should teach that homosexuality is natural / Tenesha Curtis ; Sex education programs should not teach that homosexuality is natural / Michelle Turner ; Schools should permit students to form gay-straight alliances / John Caldwell ; Schools should not permit students to form gay-straight alliances / Paul Scalia.
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|Series||Opposing viewpoints series (Unnumbered)|
|Publisher|| Detroit :Greenhaven Press,2009
Bily, Cynthia A.
242 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.