Lauren Adams Melissa Helton English 102 2 February 2012 Summary of A. Sullivan’s “For Gay Marriage” & W. Bennett’s “Against Gay Marriage”. Andrew Sullivan and William J. Bennett have very different opinions about legalizing gay marriage. Sullivan suggests it should be legal, but Bennett argues that it would ruin everything marriage stands for in America. In his book Virtually Normal: An Argument about Homosexuality (1995), former New Republic editor Andrew Sullivan argues that not having gay marriage is a violation of equality. He points out that he is not referring to religious traditions but suggests, in a public institution, marriage should be available to any two citizens.
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.
It’s not like anyone is getting hurt by letting people be happy. This is the United States everyone is supposed to have the same rights. “Gay and lesbian rights are not ‘special rights’ in any way. It isn’t ‘special’ to be free from discrimination - it is an ordinary, universal entitlement of citizenship.” (Bond) But clearly that isn’t how it is anymore. "The Church teaches that respect for homosexual persons cannot lead in any way to approval of homosexual behaviour or to legal recognition of homosexual unions.
Accord “I have never poked or prodded either a baby or a child, so why did I feel so dirty?” (Sedaris 222) This quote supports the argument that homosexuals can not touch any child, because their acts, perhaps, would be compulsive rather than sexual, and they think that others are misunderstanding them. Here, Sedaris uses the question if he is dirty or not to make himself likeable and affable to the readers. Also, he explains to the readers how these worried thoughts about others’ view would be a side effect to homosexuals and limit their actions. The readers laugh at the beginning, and they love the author’s character, but notice that Sedaris is
“Only a man and a woman, together, can conceive a child.” This is the opposing argument. For a gay couple, conceiving a child with each other is impossible. This is true, but not the ONLY option. Adoption is a great way for gay couples to possess children. An opposing
ENG126-1202B-09 LaKeshia Howard Phase 3 Individual Project: Homosexuality June 11, 2012 Homosexuality/Lesbianism; is being gay a personality trait that has been created by society or is it a deformity in the human genetics that is being studied by physicians? There are those that believe that society has created homosexuality/lesbianism by allowing the attraction to the same sex to live their lives as heterosexuals; then there are those that believe that being gay is something that a person is born with and passed down throughout generations. Is sexual orientation determined at birth? There are some scientist and doctors that believe that the sexual orientation of an individual is determined at the time of conception. They believe
When a minority demands equality with respect to an important right the right should be granted—within reason—especially as the arguments against homosexual marriage is weak . The Australian Liberal and Labour parties have both got strong policies against marriage rights for homosexuals which is undemocratic. The marriage between homosexuals is taking no rights away from heterosexual couples, so why shouldnt they be allowed to get
Being gay was a strictly private matter for a lot of people and the thought of “coming out the closet” were not appealing if it meant society shunned them. But, for those who openly announced their sexuality and entered relationships with their partners, they set the seeds that grew into a world-wide movement. During the 1960’s, United States, gay and lesbian, Americans started pushing to for more recognized unions and the right to marry (“Overview” 2). But, what initially started the political movement for gay rights was the Stonewall Riots, in the Greenwich section of New York City (Carter 1). It was an early morning on June 28, 1969, when police raided a gay bar at Stonewall Inn.
In the past, in many cultures, people who thought that they were homosexual kept that information to themselves because they could be stigmatized or even persecuted if they disclosed the truth (Shriner & Shriner). In the news today, you hear about businesses refusing to make “gay wedding cakes” that are against their beliefs. Religion has played a large role in forming the stigma against homosexuals in all cultures. You often hear of homosexuality being a sin and not of god. However, there seems to have been a noticeable change in the attitudes and perceptions of those living in Western cultures (Shriner & Shriner).
For example, homosexuality many people believe that being a homosexual is wrong but that is the way that a lot of people were brought up to believe. I myself have family members and friends that are homosexual although, I was taught it was wrong to be with the same sex as you are. I believe that it doesn’t matter if someone is gay therefore, I have my own opinion. Another example, people assume that people are born to be criminals. This is true in some cases depending on the genetics of a