. . . A very important “first,” not only for the gay community but also for the Christian community. . . . I have been close to giddy with the hope and belief that this book may be the first significant break in the dam. . . . For that, above all else, I am most deeply grateful.
—Phyllis Tickle, Religion editor (retired), Publishers Weekly
Myers and Scanzoni argue that expanding the definition of marriage will strengthen it, not destroy it.
—San Francisco Chronicle
Ms. Scanzoni and Dr. Myers argue that accepting gay marriage, far from threatening marriage, will confirm and strengthen the ideal of marriage itself for all of us, heterosexuals and homosexuals. Gay marriage can be a positive example for the many people in our society who hesitate and fear to embrace a permanent monogamous and lifelong relationship, with its struggles as well as its joys.
—Rosemary Radford Ruether, National Catholic Reporter
A nice intro to progressive Christian perspectives on why “reparative therapy” doesn’t work, why the Bible isn’t as antigay as Pat Robertson would have us believe, and why “gay Christian” isn’t an oxymoron.
—Mother Jones Magazine
For anyone—especially serious Christians—interested in understanding the issues of marriage for same-sex couples, this book by Myers and Scanzoni is heartily recommended.
—Evangelicals Concerned Review
What God Has Joined Together is strongest when David Myers and Letha Dawson Scanzoni are arguing for the virtues of Christian marriage and advocating that the same virtues be available to gay and lesbian couples.
What God Has Joined Together, by David G. Myers and Letha Dawson Scanzoni. An intriguing Christian argument for why same-sex marriage strengthens the institution of marriage.
—Kansas City Star, worthwhile books in religion
The book is about a whole lot more than gay marriage. It’s really about how to have civil discourse and how to think and talk with people who really disagree with you.
—quoted in Harford Courant
Scanzoni and Myers also offer a judicious tone by repeatedly stating that, regardless of political or religious differences, most people want a more family-supportive culture that values children, parenting and fidelity.
With all the recent chatter about the gay marriage debate circulating its way through the media, it’s good to see a religious and pro-gay argument finally get its time in the spotlight. And that’s exactly what you’ll get with the newly-published _What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage_by David G. Myers and Letha Dawson Scanzoni.
—Atlanta Jewish Life Magazine
An unexpected champion for gay marriage has emerged from this book: the devout Christian who firmly believes in the sanctity of marriage . . . for all peoples. Myers and Scanzoni ask difficult religious questions as they try to understand and bridge together the two sides of the debate: marriage-supporting and gay supporting people of faith. Ultimately using the Bible, the two make a persuasive case for gay marriage, claiming that in a spiritual light, it is inherently beneficial.
—New City Chicago
As the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) enters a “season of discernment” regarding sexual-orientation issues, this book should be required reading for its thoughtful and non-partisan approach.