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WSU philosophy chair pens column in response to marriage equality ruling

Date: 7/6/2015

Wayne State University Philosophy Professor John Corvino submitted a guest column regarding the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that the U.S. Constitution requires all states to recognize and provide marriage for same-sex couples. Corvino noted that in his dissent, which was joined by two other justices, Chief Justice John Roberts argued that the court's logic would apply equally well to polygamous couples: "From the standpoint of history and tradition, a leap from opposite-sex marriage to same-sex marriage is much greater than one from a two-person union to plural unions, which have deep roots in some cultures around the world. If the majority is willing to take the big leap, it is hard to see how it can say no to the shorter one." Corvino explained in video comments that it really is not hard to say no to the shorter one.