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Cafe Inquiry

Cafe Inquiry is our monthly casual get-together to meet people and discuss topics of science and humanism.

Topic: Marriage

--How has marriage changed historically?

--Does the state have a legitimate interest in marriage? Should the state have any role in creating laws or incentives for marriage? Should marriage be solely a religious institution?

--Should married citizens receive benefits that single citizens do not such as tax benefits, insurance, pensions, etc.?

--What players benefit from a state or religious interest in marriage? What groups are diminished?

--Is monogamy an essential component to marriage? Should polygamous marriages be legal? Why or why not?

--Is marriage inherently patriarchal? Is egalitarian marriage possible? What factors inhibit or foster egalitarian marriage?

--Will the increasing acceptance of gay marriage change the character of marriage as an institution?

--How integral to society is marriage? Could we reorganize the functions that take place in the family without marriage?

--Is marriage the best institution to provide for the care and raising of children? What is the best way to foster a healthy environment for raising children?

Past Cafe Inquiry topics have included:

     • What makes people more or less religious?

     • Bullying

     • Free speech

     • Gun ownership

     • Social and political change

     • Prostitution

     • Reason vs. emotion

     • Democracy

     • Overpopulation

     • Inalienable rights


No outside food or drink allowed. Free and open to the public.

We are also planning to go out for food and/or drinks afterwards. Free and open to the public.

Interested in leading a discussion or have someone to recommend? Please contact us at dc[at]

The venue is wheelchair accessible. People with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may email sdavis [at] centerforinquiry [dot] net in advance of the event.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful group, great discussion. Perhaps could be a bit less structured.

    1 · March 27, 2014

    • Karla M.

      Pamela, It was great having you there--you added so much to the discussion. I am curious as to how you think it could be less structured. I had thought it was fairly open in structure, but if you have suggestions I would be interested to hear them.


      April 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry, I wasn't clear in my comment -- the discussion was indeed open in structure. It was the setting that felt rather formal, almost like a graduate school seminar. It would be nice if it could actually be like a cafe, i.e., some place with informal seating and maybe even coffee!

      April 5, 2014

  • Yana T.

    I am sad: I have to work late again, and can't make it tonight. Boo, work! Next time hopefully... sigh. :-P

    March 25, 2014

    • Karla M.

      Oh noes!! Bummer! If you feel like just meeting up at the Banana Cafe afterward, please do!

      March 25, 2014

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