Authors Name: 
Gah-Kai Leung
University of Warwick
Politics & International Relations
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"A Defence of Same-Sex Marriage"

This paper argues for the advocacy of same-sex marriage legislation. I defend the claim that there are public reasons (as distinct from nonpublic reasons) in favour of the legalization of same-sex marriage, consistent with a political conception of justice. Firstly, I critique perfectionist arguments which trade on nonpublic reasons and are therefore suspect from the point of view of the political conception of justice. Secondly, I elaborate on three public reasons that could be used to endorse same-sex marriage laws. Thirdly, I address objections to the institution of marriage: that marriage is problematic and that marriage should be abolished. The conclusion summarizes my argument and submits ideas for further research.