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.
Handing over the responsibility of making and amending laws to politically inept i.e. the general public is generally not advised. It is misguided to assume that all people are rational enough to choose the decision that is best for them. Most people tend to vote on issues based on their emotional response to them, charismatic campaigns and the opinion of the masses. The results of the referendum will therefore not be based on individual opinion and defeats the whole point of having
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.
Personally I have gone through arguments with many people about the proposition and what I stood for as a person. I do believe that it is a right for gays to be with their other partner, but at the same time I believe that marriage should be considered between a husband and wife, and marriage is not only done under the state, but under God. If homosexuals want to marry in a church or any type of religious place, they shouldn’t because as a fellow believer of God, I don’t see how they can get married under God’s name, where in the Bible marriage is seen between a man and a woman and not a woman and a woman or a man and man. And if they choose not to follow God’s view on marriage, then why should they get married in the house of the Lord? It just does not seem right.
Geneva Edison Professor Kelley English 101 July 16, 2012 Gay Rights and Civil Rights According to Julian Bond, “How can we deny the rights and privileges of marriage to gay people without violating the principles of justice, equality and respect for individual freedom” (Bond)? This statement has been the topic of discussion in our homes, our public forums, our churches, and our political society for ages. Although in recent ages, it was a topic that many did not want to entertain or discuss. However; this is not the case today, it must be discussed and we must make a decision as to whether gays should or should not marry. Bond also states that all Americans should have the right to marry the person of their choice, regardless
Catholics especially but most Christians don’t approve of cohabitation because it scarcely ensures mutual sincerity and fidelity in a relationship. You are more likely to have sex before you are married when you live together. According to Jesus even looking at a women in a lustful way (Matthew 5:27-28) is as bad as doing the deed. Thus it is hard to stay pure and maintain your intentions. Some secular
12 Apr. 2012 Many people do not want to hear the word abortion, but when it comes to rape victims that get pregnant, it is often brought up. Even pro-life advocates agree that an innocent child shouldn’t perish for the sins of their father (1). Harvard students give their opinions and come to the conclusion that no rape victim shall be frowned upon when deciding to get an abortion. “Abortion is not some magical surgery which turns back time to make a woman ‘un-pregnant’ – or, for the matter, ‘un-raped’” (1).
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.
One main issue with homosexuals not receiving the same rights as heterosexuals is the lack of benefits. Due to that fact that gay couples cannot get married in most states, they also do not have access to most benefits that married couples receive. These benefits include: * Death benefits: if a spouse of an unmarried couple passes, the other spouse cannot receive bereavement, right to file wrongful death claims, or inherit assets. * Family leave: gay spouses do not receive paid leave to care for a sick partner or
Finally, what if a representative or senator seriously disagrees with the views of his or her constituents on a particular issue? How should he or she vote? Those who believe that personal views are most important argue that the people vote for candidates that they think have good judgment. Representatives should feel free to exercise their own personal views. After all, if the people don’t like it, they can always vote them out of office!