Witherspoon Senior Fellow Robert P. George, in collaboration with Sherif Girgis (PhD candidate in philosophy, Princeton University; JD candidate, Yale University) and Ryan T. Anderson (PhD candidate in political theory, University of Notre Dame; editor of Public Discourse) have published as a book an expanded but less technical version of an earlier article of theirs: What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense. The main thesis of the authors is that the primary problem behind present conflicts over the legal definition of marriage is a deeper disagreement over what marriage is. The book defines marriage as the comprehensive, complementary union of man and woman ordered to the begetting and rearing of children, the future members of society and the strongest reason why society has an interest in privileging and preserving such unions.
What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense is available for purchase from Amazon.com in softcover and eBook for Kindle.