Marriage is a commitment between two people to share their lives together including all the benefits that heterosexual marriages have. It’s not about what kind of sex you have, but what kind of family you have. Gay marriage will not have a negative effect on traditional marriage; it may set an example for everyone else. Statistics should that heterosexual marriages have a 40-50% divorce rate. Some states had a substantial divorce rate reduction once gay marriage was legalized (ProCon, 2012).
Symbols are important; they are a common cultural currency which we each use to help create our sense of self. Thus when the traditional nature of marriage is challenged in any way, so are people’s basic identities. By asking legislatures to pass “Defence of Marriage” acts, voters are using the law to create the cultural equivalent of a copyright or trademark on the institution of marriage to prevent it from be challenged too much. In 2003, when a bare majority of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ordered the state to recognize gay marriages, the three dissenting judges based their opposition largely on children. "It is difficult to imagine a State purpose more important and legitimate than ensuring, promoting, and supporting an
One of the common arguments about the issue is God says” that same-sex interactions like marriage are an abomination”. The institution of marriage is supposed to be between two people that love each other and want to spend the rest of their lives together. The religion someone believes, can affect children’s lives, causing them to think that marriage is just for a man and a woman. Love is love, so how come same-sex couples make their love legal like everyone else? Timothy Chaney Ms. Konner English 25 November 2013 Same Sex Couples Should Have the Right to Marry Why do I believe homosexuals should be able to marry?
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 details of the marriage are set out in a contract which is a legal document. Hinduism is another group of people who have arranged marriages but not to the same extent. Hindus believe that a marriage is based on more than physical or emotional attraction and at one stage Hindus were strict about arranged marriages where the parent’s decision was final. However, not everyone agrees with arranged marriages and believe it takes away freedom of choice. Someone else is deciding which direction your life is going in.
We need to remember that marriage is a religious rite. Therefore, legalizing gay marriage would represent a type of sacrilege against the institution of marriage. It is furthermore an intrusion of the government into a religious matter and that is not in the scope of power of our government. The union of marriage exists partly for the purpose of having children. Since procreation can only occur between a man and a woman then same-sex marriage would not be able to achieve this purpose.
This includes the right to marry anyone they want. Everyone should respect their fellow man allowing gays the same rights as they have including marriage. Denying gays the right to get married is a violation of their rights as American citizens and is considered unconstitutional. Gays should be entitled to the same rights as heterosexuals. Many of their constitutional rights have been denied do to the fact of their sexual orientation.
Before this course I more closely identified with the situational ethics value system. I’ve always maintained the position that discretion should be used based on the particular situation. For example, I believe that sex is an act deemed sacred for two people in marriage. However, marriage between people of the same sex is in many instances impossible. This is a situation that would change my belief that sex should only be between those who are married.
The Human Right to Marry and to Found a Family The right to marry and to found a family is a basic human right of all individuals to create a recognized union between spouses and to establish family life. As a result, a set of more rights and obligations is obtained for the spouses and/or their biological or adopted children. The right to marry and to found a family has civil, religious, political, expressive and legal aspects involved in its complex definitions. Nevertheless, the right to marry and to found a family is particularly subject to the national laws which regulate this practice making it not particularly a strong right. Background See also: Civil marriage, History of the family, and Divorce Historically, marriage has served as an institution to enhance strategic tools and to establish
SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES IN THE STAGES LEADING CUSTOMARY MARRIAGES AND STATUTORY (CIVIL) MARRIAGE. BY LARRY HORE NJUNGU 1.0 INTRODUCTION: Marriage has basically been defined as a voluntary union for life of one man and one woman to the exclusion of others.  This definition is a good starting point towards the appreciation of any marriage, even though it is inadequate. Many definitions have arisen to circumvent the inadequacy of this definition by Lord Penzance. Among them is one by the Law Association of Zambia, through its National Legal Aid Clinic for Women who simply define marriage as a union between man and woman and recognized by the law whether customary, religious or statutory.