Pros and Cons of Gay Marriage

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Should gay marriage be a public affair? This question could be answered two ways. No, what adults do in the bedroom is no one else’s business. Yes, gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to celebrate their commitment to each other with family and friends. 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). “A study found that ‘laws permitting same-sex marriage or civil unions have no adverse effect on marriage, divorce, and abortion rates, [or] the percent of children born out of wedlock…” (ProCon, 2012). There are large amounts of children born out of wedlock to heterosexual couples. Banning gay marriage is an act of discrimination. Gay marriage is protected by the Constitution’s commitments to liberty and equality. Does banning this rite follow suit with the Constitution’s commitment? It is also protected by the Due Process Clause. It makes one consider how Proposition 8 was approved. Gays are a minority group just as African-American’s and other various religious and ethnic groups; the others are allowed to marry, even interracially or with different religious preferences. The U.S. Supreme Court states that prejudice cannot be put into a state Constitution. This alternative lifestyle is seen as a minority group which in The Bill of Rights is supposed to be protected, not politically and publicly discriminated against. “Most religions consider homosexuality a sin (Messerli, 2011). There are more severe actions
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