Share this

An Argument for Same-Sex Marriage: Religious Freedom, Sexual Freedom, and Public Expressions of Civic Equality, Emily R. Gill

Reviewed by Susan Mcdonough



This timely book, as its straightforward title announces, provides an argument for same‐sex marriage based on the author’s reading of the contemporary legal and social landscape, with a particular eye to understanding the prohibition of same‐sex marriage as a public expression of civic inequality. As the preface lays out, Emily R. Gill began thinking about same‐sex marriage within the context of United States Supreme Court decisions in the wake of the endorsement test that Sandra Day O’Connor proposed in Lynch v. Donnelly. If the government ought not classify some citizens as outsiders because of a policy that seems to endorse certain religious beliefs over others, why should the government play the role of creating insiders (those who can) and outsiders (those who cannot) when it comes to marriage? For Gill, the answer is simple: it should not. Throughout this book, Gill stresses the similarity between religion and sexuality.

While the pairing of religious freedom and the freedom to marry might sit uneasily for some readers, in Gill’s adept hands the analogy is successful. The concept of neutrality and the government’s role in maintaining it is at the core of Gill’s argument. In her hands, the seemingly straightforward notion of neutrality is a complicated and nuanced one,

To continue reading, see options above.

About PSQ's Editor

Demetrios James Caraley

Full Access

Join the Academy of Political Science and automatically receive Political Science Quarterly.

Editor’s spotlight

North Korea and the West

The Debate over North Korea


Search the Archives

Publishing since 1886, PSQ is the most widely read and accessible scholarly journal with distinguished contributors such as: Lisa Anderson, Robert A. Dahl, Samuel P. Huntington, Robert Jervis, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Theda Skocpol, Woodrow Wilson

view additional issues

New APS Book

Continuing Issues in U.S. National Security Policy   CONTINUING ISSUES IN U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY

Most read

Articles | Book reviews

Understanding the Bush Doctrine
Robert Jervis

The Study of Administration
Woodrow Wilson

Notes on Roosevelt's "Quarantine" Speech
Dorothy Borg

view all

About US

Academy of Political Science

The Academy of Political Science, promotes objective, scholarly analyses of political, social, and economic issues. Through its conferences and publications APS provides analysis and insight into both domestic and foreign policy issues.

Political Science Quarterly

With neither an ideological nor a partisan bias, PSQ looks at facts and analyzes data objectively to help readers understand what is really going on in national and world affairs.

Stay Connected

newsstand locator
About APS