Founding Director of the McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law
Con to the question "Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?"
"It is also argued by those advocating same-sex marriage, that excluding same-sex couples from marriage is the same act of discrimination as prohibiting interracial marriage, which has rightly been recognized as a serious breach of human rights. That argument is not correct. Because an interracial marriage between a man and a woman does symbolize the procreative relationship, its prohibition is based on racial discrimination which is wrong. In contrast, not extending the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples, is not based on the sexual orientation of the partners, but the absence of a feature of their relationship which is an essential feature of marriage.
In conclusion, society needs marriage to establish cultural meaning, symbolism and moral values around the inherently procreative relationship between a man and a woman, and thereby protect that relationship and the children who result from it. That is more necessary than in the past, when alternatives to sexual reproduction were not available. Redefining marriage to include same-sex couples would affect its cultural meaning and function and, in doing so, damage its ability and, thereby, society’s capacity, to protect the inherently procreative relationship and the children who result from it, whether those children’s’ future sexual orientation proves to be homosexual or heterosexual."
"The Case Against 'Same-sex Marriage,'" www.marriageinstitute.ca, Apr. 29, 2003
Experts Individuals with PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to gay marriage. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to gay marriage.
Involvement and Affiliations:
Founding Director, McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law, 1986-1996, 1999-present
Samuel Gale Professor of Law, McGill University, 1989-present
Full Professor, Medicine, McGill University, 1984-present
Associate Professor, Medicine, McGill University, 1980-1984
Associate Professor, Law, McGill University, 1979-1989
Assistant Professor, Law, McGill University, 1978-1979
Attorney, Mallesons, 1974-1975
Registered pharmacist, 1963-1969
Consulted for the Global Programme on AIDS of the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, and the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva
DCL (Doctor of Civil Law), McGill University, 1978
LLB (Bachelor of Laws), Sydney University, 1973
AUA (Australian pharmacy degree), University of Adelaide, 1963
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"Book Review: Scholars Turn Their Minds to Marriage. The Thrill of Finding Unexpected Learning," International Journal of Jurisprudence of the Family, Mar. 2011
"Children's Human Rights to Natural Biological Origins and Family Structure," International Journal of Jurisprudence of the Family, Mar. 2011
"Children's Human Rights and Unlinking Child-Parent Biological Bonds with Adoption, Same-Sex Marriage and New Reproductive Technologies," Journal of Family Studies, Nov. 2007
"You Can Be a Little Bit Pro-life," The Ottawa Citizen, Feb. 2006
"With a Viable Fetus, Rights Change," The National Post, Mar. 2006
"Gay Marriage and Slippery Slopes," The National Post, Aug. 2004
"Civil Marriage," The National Post, July 2004
"Put Kids’ Rights Ahead of Gay Marriage," The National Post, May 2003
"The Case Against 'Same-sex Marriage,'" www.marriageinstitute.ca, Apr. 2003
Honorary Doctorate, Sacred Letters, St. Mark’s College, 2010
Honorary Doctorate, Humane Letters, Mount Saint Vincent University, 2009