This article summarizes the Top 10 most common arguments against same-sex marriage and outlines why each one deserves a failing grade. Although not listed in a strict order, the sequence of the ten arguments presented in some ways corresponds with the increasing level of desperation displayed by opponents of marriage equality in their efforts to thwart the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Context: The Quest for Marriage Equality

Both in the USA and around the world, the quest for marriage equality is gaining momentum. Between December 2012 and May 2013 an additional six American states (MD, ME, WA, RI, DE, MN) introduced marriage equality laws bringing to twelve the number of states that permit gay marriage. Same-sex marriage is also legal in the nation’s capital. Internationally, four more countries have legalized gay marriage in recent months – three via national legislatures (Uruguay, New Zealand, France) and one (Brazil) through legal…

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