Sharif opens with the following argument:
- The main vision supporting same-sex marriage is mistaken. It's wrong on what marriage is, and in how it sets marriage apart from other bonds.
- Enshrining that new vision of marriage in law would be harmful for the common good, e.g. the reasons why the State gets involved at all in the marriage question.
- Mainstream arguments for same-sex marriage have a lot of internal contradictions that underscore their faulty reasoning.