Blessing Same-Sex Unions: The Perils of Queer Romance
and the Confusions of Christian Marriage
by Mark D. Jordan
University of Chicago Press. 256 pages, $29.
RICK SANTORUM, who could some day be packaged as a Republican candidate for president, believes gay marriage is a threat to his own marriage, which has produced six children. Same-sex marriage, which a decade ago seemed like a logical—and harmless—extension of civil rights to a group of disfranchised citizens, has instead become one of the key rallying points in the Christian Right’s attempt to merge religion and politics. This may be pure opportunism, but same-sex marriage has become the issue of our time, and the arguments from the Right must be answered.