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Catholic Social Science Review

Volume 21, 2016

Caleb Henry
Pages 55-70

Obergefell, Locke, and the Changing Definition of Marriage

Was the Obergefell decision a refutation or an extension of Lockean political thought? I summarize three perspectives on Locke and show how these interpretations can elucidate the Obergefell opinions. I then argue that the dissenters have the better Lockean argument. I conclude by explaining why Catholics should view Obergefell through Lockean lenses. Locke shows us how Obergefell will lead to a direct attack on familial moral education. However, Locke can also give us tools to fight in the public square for familial moral education.