Effects of Same Sex Marriage on Society

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Andrew Heard Professor Mendonca Composition 1301 9 September 2012 A Critique of “For Gay Marriage” by Andrew Sullivan and “Against Gay Marriage” by William J. Bennett The topic of gay or same-sex marriage is a highly controversial one, and appears to be front and center of many political and social debates. The following articles present both sides of the spectrum of for and against gay marriages. In Sullivan’ s article he presents various arguments in support of gay marriage and why it would be beneficial for society as a whole. Sullivan suggests that denying homosexuals the right to obtain a legal, certifiable marriage “is the most public affront possible to their public equality” (404) and “denial is a classic case of unequal protection of the laws” (405). According to his article many people and political officials get caught up in the religious and personal beliefs of homosexuality and the point that gays Heard 2 * and lesbians cannot procreate together. When actually the topic of gay marriage is more of a civil matter, than personal beliefs and “No civil marriage license is granted on the condition that the couple bears children; and the marriage is no less legal and no less defensible if it remains childless” (404). Sullivan also suggests that legalizing gay marriage would benefit society by providing “role models for young gay people, who, after exhilaration of coming out can easily lapse into short-term relationships and insecurity with no tangible goal in sight (406). Therefore reflecting and emphasizing the sanctity of marriage and commitment to young people who are in this lifestyle. If America is going to embrace the homosexual
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