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Newsweek article in support of same-sex marriage

About the authors and article; Terminology


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About the author:

Lisa Miller graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in English in 1984. She has worked for the Harvard Business review, The New Yorker, Self magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. She received a New York Newswomen's Club award in 1998 for feature writing.

Miller has been the society editor of Newsweek magazine since the year 2000. She has been the society and religion editor of Newsweek since 2006-OCT. During this time, she has authored or been heavily involved in the creation of many controversial stories, including:
  • "Fighting Addiction," (2001-FEB-12);
  • "God and the Brain," (2001-MAY-07);
  • "Scouts divided," (2001-JUN-11); this dealt with the divisions within the Boy Scouts over discrimination against gay members and volunteers;
  • "The Bible and the Qur'an," (2002-FEB-11);
  • "Sex, Shame and the Catholic Church," (2002-MAR-04);
  • "The Religious Case for Gay Marriage," (2008-DEC-15). 1

She also writes the Belief Watch column at Newsweek.

Sarah Ball and Anne Underwood assisted Lisa Miller in the writing of the cover article.


About the article:

The article is titled: "Our Mutual Joy," and appeared in the 2008-DEC-15 edition of Newsweek. The title sounds innocent enough. But the subtitle is more direct: "Opponents of gay marriage often cite Scripture. But what the Bible teaches about love argues for the other side."

Miller claims to have studied biblical themes dealing with love and marriage and concluded that a case can be made that same-sex marriage (SSM) is not only compatible with the Bible, but that the Bible actually supports SSM! With the exception of an article that claims that the Bible supports abortion access, I can think of few more inflammatory topics that a religious or social conservative might read. 2


Terminology: "gay marriage" vs. "same-sex marriage:"

The article and Newsweek cover refer to "gay marriage." This is not an accurate term. "Same-sex marriage,"  which this website abbreviates as "SSM," is much more precise. That is because a SSM are typically made up of:

  • Two gay males,
  • Two lesbians,
  • One gay male and a bisexual male,
  • One lesbian and a bisexual female,
  • Two bisexual males, or
  • Two bisexual females.

"Gay marriage" includes only the first two variations; "SSM" includes all six.


References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. "Lisa Miller ! Society Editor," Newsweek, undated, at: http://www.newsweek.com/
  2. Lisa Miller, "Our Mutual Joy," Newsweek, 2008-DEC-15, at: http://www.newsweek.com/

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Copyright © 2008 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2008-DEC-13
Latest update: 2008-DEC 13
Author: B.A. Robinson

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