Gay Marriage: Evidence from Europe?


Cato recently had a discussion on Gay Marriage, participated by William N. Eskridge Jr., and Maggie Gallagher;

"As the Senate prepares to debate the Federal Marriage Amendment many scholars are looking at evidence from Scandinavia, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Some observers have argued that experience in those countries shows that legal recognition of same-sex unions leads to a decline in traditional marriage and marital child rearing. A new book challenges that analysis. William N. Eskridge Jr. and Darren R. Spedale find that the argument often advanced is inconsistent with the Scandinavian evidence. In no way, they write, has marriage in the Nordic countries suffered from legalization of same-sex unions. A close look at the data suggests that the sanctioning of gay marriage in the United States would neither undermine marriage as an institution nor harm the well-being of children. Maggie Gallagher argues that the move toward gay marriage in Europe is part of a larger marriage crisis, including a powerful trend away from marriage as a social norm for childbearing and child rearing."

Related Links;

The Legislation Possibilities Curve

Becker and Posner debate;

The Law and Economics of Gay Marriage - Posner

On Gay Marriage-BECKER

Gay Marriage--Posner's Response to Comments

Response on Same Sex Marriage-BECKER

The Sexual Revolution- Posner

An earlier post on porn legalisation in Denmark.

And Why Not Legalise Polygamy; First, it's important to note that polygamy (specifically polygny) not monogamy is the norm in human society - some 75% of the known human societies have approved of polygny.


After seeing an NRO commentary promoting the same idea, I almost posted it as an example of "correlation is not causation." Thanks.

Would like to hear your opinions on the links and relationships between law and people's behaviour; does it really make a difference on how people actually behave?


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