My Doktorvater, Dr. Douglas Farrow, was recently interviewed (January 31, 2009) on the “Drew Marshall Show” on the topic of where marriage is going in Canada. The write-up to the show is as follows:
To some, same-sex marriage is evidence that society has finally come of age. To others, it is yesterday’s issue, posing no danger to traditional marriage. To still others – McGill University’s Douglas Farrow among them – it has turned civil society on its ear, creating a new political situation in which several things are no longer clear: Is the state the property of the citizenry? Or are citizens, with their cherished personal associations, including marriage, now the property of the state? Who “owns” the children, now that natural parenthood had been replaced by legal parenthood? Is the family still “the natural and fundamental group unit of society,” as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights claims? Or is the concept of the “natural” moribund? What is marriage for, anyway?
For those who are still trying to figure out what the change of definition of marriage means for us from a theological and legal perspective, you can listen to the interview here.