Joëlle Basque, of l’Université de Montréal Département de communication, presented a paper entitled The Participation of Christian Religious Publics in the Controversy over Gay Marriage in Canada: A Rhetorical Approach, at ICA 2010: The International Communication Association Annual Conference, held 22-26 June 2010 in Singapore. Here is the abstract:
In this study, we aim to answer the following research question: How did Christian religious publics argue their positions during the polemic over same-sex marriage in Canada? We conceive the polemic over same-sex marriage in Canada as a significant social controversy with a constitutive dimension. As such, it creates opportunities for groups to get involved and forge themselves as well as the society in which the debates are taking place. Studying this constitutive controversy allows us to reflect on the role of religion in the public sphere through a rhetorical investigation of the participation of Christian religious groups. As publics engaged in the debates, they present arguments to defend their positions, whether against or in favour of gay marriages, and sometimes offer alternatives to marriage redefinition. In doing so they deploy ethos in various ways with different effects.
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Thanks to Ms. Basque for providing the abstract.