SHOULD HOMOSEXUALS BE ABLE TO MARRY? PHI103 01/16/2012 The simplest answer to the same-sex marriage issue is to determine the true meaning of the term "marriage" and what degree has it promoted and upheld a stable society based on the formation of moral ideologies and the control of the law. Which I have determined should not be made legal based on this premise. Religion is one of the main reasons some people do not like the idea of homosexuals having the right to marry. One of the most used arguments about the issue is that God says that same-sex interactions (marriage, sex, lesbian, homosexual acts) are abominations.
In addition, there has been a growing emphasis placed on equal rights. These two movements have contributed to keeping the argument for same-sex marriage in the forefront. There are people who believe that although progress has been made, Christian values are still an obstacle for the progress that needs to take place and Brittney Baker is one of them. She compares and contrasts the relationship between the religious and gay community’s attitudes towards same-sex marriage. She puts forth rebuttals to many of the typical arguments for prohibiting same-sex marriage.
While the main reason people in the US seem to get married is out of love, it is by no means the only reason (Kellard). One of the arguments against gay marriage is the idea presented by Adam and Eve in the book of Genesis in the Old Testament. Therefore, much of the opposition to same-sex marriage is rooted in the Bible. But when did the Bible become the basis for the laws of a country that accepts every religion? The article 10 reasons why Homosexual “Marriage” is harmful and must be opposed states: “Marriage is not the creature of any State.
“The homosexual’s emotional longings, his development, his dreams are human phenomena.” In Sullivan’s essay, “What are Homosexuals for?” he expresses his views on homosexuality from his view, that of a homosexual male adult. In his best known work, Virtually Normal: an Argument about Homosexuality, he makes an argument against the discrimination faced by homosexuals to all those with a listening ear. The purpose of his argument in “What are Homosexuals for?” is to show his support for same-sex marriages, happiness, and equality in a society somewhat disapproving of such. His tone beginning the essay is warm and inviting as if to welcome you into his world and show you that he is a person, too –a homosexual person in the world of a homosexual. Sullivan tests the limits with his use of one of the three appeals.
The author establishes logos by stating his claims, providing main points, and providing supporting evidence for his claims. The author’s main claim is that our nation needs to develop true listening skills because it is not gay marriage that is threatening the family, “If anything is destroying the family these days, it is the inherently divisive strategies we use to communicate with one another.” Furthermore, he claims that before we take a personal stance on gay marriage, we should reach out with open minds and “really, truly listen and dig deep. Be generous and kind, and seek understanding.” In other words, seek understanding of each side before we judge and form our own opinions. The first main point of his argument is that he is proud that his organization has been able to establish an environment of “true listening and true respect” and gives evidence that they have done so despite the different political views
Such discrimination towards same sex marriage originates from religious beliefs. Many religions believe that our Creator made the man and woman to be together and there is no other way around that. Therefore, these couples are committing a sin that should not be rewarded with the right to wed. The state is also falling in this trap and so, they are not able to analyze the situation clearly. They easily skip over the fact that the rights of these people are being violated.
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.
This clearly presents his heterosexual lust for her; he also refers to her as ‘the Hun’ indicating that she is the enemy so as to speak, and is standing in between his ‘further deployments’ portraying how superficial his love for Fiona is, as he is obviously disappointed with her not allowing him to advance and is more concerned for his own needs. This is further illustrated in his statement, ‘It’s like the headmaster says: one should have targets’, The use of double entendre on the word ‘targets’ forms a comical link between education and sexuality and makes his pursuit sound intelligent, like a difficult challenge that requires careful thought and planning, again more focused on
Milk, Gus Van Sant 1a) The film Milk portrays an important political history in America against the homosexuals in the 1970’s, seeing this film and the struggles that homosexuals had to fight for their human rights and political equality makes myself, who’s not sensitive about the issue, change my political sensibilities. 2a) -1 The ignorance about homosexuality has become more exposed as they described that being gay could get them fired, beaten up, or even killed. -2 To plan on having to root out every homosexual, simply describes a person who is insecure and cannot accept homosexuality. -3 A debate regarding the Proposition 6 between Supervisor Harvey Milk and Senator John Briggs indicates that Proposition 6 is more on hating the gays, rather than the concern for the children they are “trying” to protect. 3a) -1 When the homosexuals along with the heterosexuals were rioting for their social and political view.
Natural Law is the most reliable approach when making decisions about pre-marital sex. Discuss. I found this essay very interesting because it shows how students fundamentally misunderstand - and so mishandle- natural law theory, imputing things to it which should never be imputed. A straw man in logic is one you set up in order to knock down. The first half of this essay is a classic straw man argument.