A Critique of William Bennett’s “Against Gay Marriage” The issue of homosexuals in our society is becoming more of a debate. The debate is no longer whether we should accept them, but rather, should they be legally recognized. Gay marriage should not be legalized because of its effect it would have on society. William Bennett’s article “Against Gay Marriage” was originally published in the Washington Post and highlights the negative effects of gay marriage on our society. Bennett wrongfully believes that homosexual and heterosexual unions are not comparable; however, if we change the definition of marriage, our society’s understanding of marriage would be irreconcilably ruined.
The philosophy of “Live and Let Live” was that if you leave me alone, I would leave you alone. To the homosexuals of Laramie this was interpreted as, if I do not tell you I am gay, you will not kill me. I could feel the fear in many of the interviews with the gay community. Most of the gays felt the need to hide their identity in the community. In Matthew Shepard’s case the town philosophy of “Live and Let Live” was not followed.
Don’t Ask Don’t Tell or Ignorance is Bliss Homosexuals have faithfully served in the military since its very beginnings. But this fact does not matter to people who oppose the full integration of homosexuals into the military. Many reasons have been cited, but there has been little proof offered to substantiate these reasons. Colonel Roland D. Ray of the United States Marine Corps is the author of Gays: In or Out. In the section titled, “The Reality of Homosexuality and its Lifestyles,” Ray states, “Many homosexuals engage in sexual practices that are virtually unknown among heterosexuals.” After checking the front cover to determine if this book was written in this century, I found it difficult to believe Ray felt he could effectively speak for the entire heterosexual world when he made this statement.
Second, many law enforcement agencies are staffed by military veterans and are, in fact, organized along paramilitary lines. Law enforcement officers, tend to take military service very seriously and will not trust or respect someone who did not serve honorably. In some states, those with dishonorable discharges are specifically forbidden from serving as law enforcement officer by state law. It is sometimes possible, in rare cases, to appeal to the military and have a dishonorable or bad conduct discharge upgraded to a general discharge. However, this is not likely to make a difference to the hiring
They have fought for the right to marry, to carry one another on their insurance, and to file as married on their income tax forms . They have also had to fight for the right to serve in the military without fear of being discharged if anyone found out. Currently, sixteen states have granted the right to marry, and five others offer a civil union. 3 There was a “Don’t ask, don’t tell” law which did allow gays to serve in the military, as long as they did not do so openly. Their superiors were not allowed to ask them if they were gay, and they were not allowed to admit it.
Sebastian Laszcz English III Pd.3 December 15, 2011 600 words Who is the government really looking out for? According to an article from pewresearch.org, the proportion of people that initially said that the decision to go to war was wrong has risen since 2007. Also, war can show how disconnected the government is with society because they never want to tell society what is really happening. All we know is that we have men and women risking there lives for God knows what reason, just because the government thinks that there is an actual issue to have a war over. This is just one reason why the government is disconnected from society today.
Homosexual Marriage: Society, Rights, and Adoption The United States is denying good people a better life based on sexual orientation. Acceptance of homosexual marriage is a major issue in today’s society. This is a civil issue, and the United States needs to start realizing that they are denying marriage rights to homosexuals because of moral reasons. What ever happened to separation of church and state? Opponents of homosexual marriage feel that by allowing gay and lesbians the right to marriage undermines the traditional definition of marriage.
Despite such rapid development of human beings and extensive globalization, our view towards people who are different from us still remains narrow and conservative. Whether to socially accept and recognize them has been the biggest dilemma of the year, but the primary question is: why do we decide and judge whether to accept them or not? Why should the homosexual people, as a minority, deny their individuality in order to fit into the American society, just because of their personal preference? The matter of homosexuality is just like the fact that someone has really big eyes or short height. It is as impossible to change, and doesn’t have to be changed.