For Gay Marriage Vs Against Gay Marriage Debate

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Compare/Contrast Critique on “For Gay Marriage” by Andrew Sullivan and “Against Gay Marriage” by William J. Bennett Since the fall of aristocracy, human beings have accomplished great things in an attempt to promote a more egalitarian society. Problems of race, sex, and culture, although still in existence, have been dwindling, especially in progressive nations such as Canada. Recently, a movement for the legalization of same-sex marriage has been a controversial topic across borders, inducing people to align with a particular side of the argument. With the passing of the Civil Marriage Act in 2005, Canada’s leaders made it official: homosexuals and lesbians could become life partners through marriage. However, the debate still rages throughout the world on the legitimacy of gay marriage, particularly in the United States of America where there is a large conservative and religiously fundamental community. In his essay, “For Gay Marriage,” Andrew Sullivan believes that marriage is a “public contract between...two people,” (266) no matter what each person’s sexual orientation happens to be. He considers legalizing gay marriage a step towards equality among all people. Conversely, William J. Bennett, in “Against Gay Marriage”, argues that sanctioning gay marriage would harm the tradition of marriage, and bring chaos to humanity. This essay will attempt to establish that, compared to Bennett, Sullivan provides the reader with the more complete and sincere argument backed with valid assumptions and an effective use of literary devices. The key term disputed in the two essays is each author’s definition of marriage. Sullivan believes marriage is an “emotional, financial and psychological bond between two people.” (266) Rationally, as human beings, we have a choice in determining who we want to spend the rest of our lives with. The author’s lack of

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