Review of Mark A. Yarhouse’s (2019) Sexual Identity & Faith: Helping Clients Find Congruence
Same-Sex Marriage and Children is a history of how both the law and social science culminated in court cases that ultimately led to the success of marital equality in Obergefell. Professor Carlos A. Ball, Distinguished Professor of Law & Judge Frederick Lacey Scholar at Rutgers University Law School, has law degrees from both Cambridge University (UK, 1995) and the Columbia University School of Law (1990). He states that the purpose of his book was to “bring together historical, social science, and legal considerations and analyses to explore the role that procreative and child welfare claims have played in
policy and legal debates involving same-sex marriage” (p. 6). In chapter one, the book reviews conservative attempts to derail a number of past legal challenges to traditional assumptions about the nature and role of marriage and parenting. Chapters two and three delve into some of the false arguments about the alleged procreational function of marriage that would have (allegedly) been damaged by legal acceptance of same-sex marriage or other false arguments that marital status per se, parent’s gender, or a parent’s biological relationship to a child had material effects on child outcomes.
A Summary and Analysis of The War on Psychotherapy: When Sexual Politics, Gender Ideology, and Mental Health Collide
The War on Psychotherapy: When Sexual Politics, Gender Ideology, and Mental Health Collide is Mr. Doyle’s first book. Dr. Michelle Cretella’s superb preface to the book is worth the purchase price. Regarding transitioning and the institutions which promote it in children, Cretella says, “These harms constitute nothing less than institutionalized child abuse.” In the forward, Dr. Michael Brown makes it clear that Doyle is approaching this issue from a Christian viewpoint. Doyle, who fifteen years previously experienced a shift in his sexual orientation, proclaims, “As a licensed psychotherapist, I have dedicated my life’s work to helping individuals and families come to terms with their sexual and gender
identity and be able to understand how to make choices in their sexual behavior without compromising their personal and spiritual values.”