The Conflict of Gay Marriage in America PHI 103: Informal Logic The Conflict of Gay Marriage in America Part One – Thesis Because America is a country founded on equal rights for all, marriage is a right that must be afforded to homosexuals. Arguments against gay marriage are often supported by religious ideals. In America, where we have freedom of religion or freedom to even choose not to be religious, these arguments should not be considered when forming laws. To do so would not be just. Part Two – Argument “Not allowing gays to marry is discrimination because they do not receive the same legal benefits that married people do.
Sullivan says that minors and close family members should not be given the right to marry because minors are unable to understand such a commitment. The marriage of close family members creates incest, which threatens the trust and responsibility the family needs to survive. Sullivan asks if homosexuals fall in the same categories. Sullivan says that “domestic partnership,” a conservative concept, is one of the strongest arguments for gay marriage. Domestic partnerships qualify for benefits previously reserved for heterosexual married couples.
With these facts, gay marriage should not be considered an abomination nor a sin. . Gay Marriage vs. the Bible: Hypocrisy of Life The dream of every young girl is to one day stand before her family, friends, and God and commit her life in marriage to the one she loves. However, the dream of marriage for homosexuals is tarnished with acts of hatred, homophobia, and constant hypocrisy from those that interpret the Bible in a manner that benefits their own personal beliefs and understanding. This is a country based on freedom of religion, yet the religion in which this country was founded on,
Thomas mentions that gay and lesbian marriages should be the choice of the individuals not the government. He promotes gay and lesbian marriages by saying those who vote against gay and lesbian marriage are people of injustice. He states that we cannot solely base our decision on history alone, if so most states would still prohibit the marriage of different races. Thomas states that marriage should promote family and stability and people should not be denied this right. By depriving millions of gay American adults the rights that come from marriage, denies equal protection against the law.
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.
Linda Gilbert THEO202_B10_201340 Short Essay #2 Short Essay on Anthropology: Marriage and Divorce Marriage originated with the command from God that it was not right for man to be alone (Gen. 2:18). Despite its Holy intent, marriage has become less of a covenant and more a fashionable arrangement. Moreover, the careless manner in which marriage vows are so easily dismissed in today’s society should cause all Christians to evaluate the biblical stance on the matter, not just those who are in troubled marriages. The Bible teaches that marriage is centered on the union between one man and one woman (Gen. 2:24). This bond is best portrayed in the relationship of a covenant where marriage is seen as a mechanism for growing, healing and maturing through time, mirroring the relationship between God and his people.
People have always struggled with the idea of accepting and integrating homosexual individuals into society. Whether it is has to do with specific religions, traditions, or morals, people are opposed to the idea of allowing gay people to share all the same rights a heterosexual has. One clear way this prejudice manifests itself in today’s society is through the idea of marriage. Although many areas now allow and perform same-sex marriages, there is still a large controversy surrounding the idea that marriage is strictly a legal bond between a man and a woman. On November 5, 2008 California voters voted in favor of Proposition 8; a proposition to ban gay marriage after a ruling had legalized it in May of the same year.
Nancy Polikoff, a professor at the law school of American University states “A movement for gay marriage would surely promote marriage as a social good trotting out monogamous couples as spokesmen in a way that would marginalize non-monogamous gays and would fail to challenge the legitimacy of marriage itself” (Kurtz). Given the prevalence of prostitution and casual relationships within society how can one defend the preservation of
The State should not be allowed to restrict someone of their rights based on a certain religion. It is unconstitutional. If someone creates laws that are unconstitional, restricting citizens of their natural and civil rights, the laws should NOT be allowed! People say that a married couple should have a family, a family that includes children. “Only a man and a woman, together, can conceive a child.” This is the opposing argument.
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).