Jeff Jordan

Jeff Jordan, “Is It Wrong to Discriminate on the Basis of Homosexuality?” in Larry May and others, Applied Ethics: A Multicultural Approach, Prentice Hall, 2011, 5th ed., pp. 355-362.


Jeff Jordan argues that it is sometimes acceptable to discriminate against homosexuals on the basis of their sexual orientation. The practice in which homosexuals may be discriminated against is marriage. His central reason for adopting this position is that many in the public arena do not accept the concept of gay marriage.

Jordan defends his claim by pointing out that gay marriage poses a public dilemma when the public at large does not accept gay marriage. He notes that an accommodation can be made for homosexuals: homosexual practices can be tolerated in the private realm, but they may not be given a public sanction in the form of gay marriage.

Jordan concludes that a private practice of homosexuality is acceptable while the public recognition of marriage is appropriate only for heterosexuals.

Footnote 12 in Jordan has a faulty reference. The references to Leviticus should read 18:22 and 20:13.

A better reference for the Koran than the one mentioned in Footnote 12 is:

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