In the perfect physical embodiment of the gay marriage debate, a new book has been published putting the two opposing arguments into one reverse-side publication.
The work is part of Pantera Press’ Why vs Why series. Pantera Press publisher Alison Green said same-sex marriage was chosen as a topic — along with nuclear power — because of its divisive nature.
“It’s a hot issue. People are talking about it and it can really be quite hard to get information,” she told Southern Star.
“On nuclear power, for example, there is lots of information out there and I think it’s really accessible, but I think with something like gay marriage… when I’ve looked for information I’ve actually found it hard to find the different views out there.”
Long-time gay rights advocate Rodney Croome takes on Family Council of Victoria secretary Bill Muehlenberg in the book.
Muehlenberg argues marriage has traditional roots between a man and a woman which stem from bearing children and claims there is little demand”for gay marriage. He talks about a “gay agenda” pushing the cause and refutes equality claims.
Croome argues without marriage rights gays and lesbians are not free and equal citizens, that they experience legal and social disadvantage as a result of the marriage ban, and that alternatives don’t offer equality.
Croome told Southern Star he hopes the book will have an impact on the debate.
“I wanted to show in contributing to the book that while the issue of same-sex marriage is about law and love, it also has a wider historical, philosophical and international context,” he said.
“It is a serious issue not just for gay people, but for Australians, and if that message comes from this book then I’ll be happy.”
Green said she hopes the books, which will be available in bookstores across the country, will generate dinner table conversation.
info: Why vs Why: Gay Marriage is out now.