AMSA Board Member, Bob Minor, Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Kansas, gave the keynote address “Arguing About Families – Gay, Straight or Neither” at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University on March 9, 2012 for its “Legally Gay” symposium.
It has just been published in print and online in the Law Journal for Social Justice of Arizona State University.
“A lot of very bad arguments take place using the word “family.” By that, I mean they are based in falsehoods about the history and psychology of families. They are steeped in very creative, and current-position-affirming mythology, and void of what we historians call data. And they are found in every sphere, from religion to politics to law.
In fact, “family” is less a clear, established concept in popular discussion and more a multi-valent symbol akin to the American flag, the National Anthem, and apple pie. You can’t be against it, whatever it is, without losing elections, friends, and media attention….”
You can download the complete address at The Law Journal for Social Justice’s website here.