Thomas Stoddard's Gay Marriage Equality

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Gay Marriage: Equality Thomas B. Stoddard’s “Gay Marriages: Make Them Legal” is a successful and empathizing piece of writing. Stoddard makes a convincing case. He gave two reasons to support his argument. (1) Marriage can be the key to survival, emotional, and financial stability. (2) Marriage creates families and promotes social stability. But there is a weakness in his argument such as: (1) Decision to marry belongs to the individual not the government and if tradition were the only measure, most states would still limit matrimony to partners of the same race (para. 6). Stoddard is making an argument, offering a thesis: Reasons gay marriage should be legalized. He begins his successful argument using the appeal to emotion…show more content…
According to Messerli in the “Should Same-Sex Marriages be Legalized?” he observes in support to Stoddard’s argument that: One of the main arguments against gay marriage is that it would further erode family values; however, the opposite is true. The problems related to sexuality in our society such as STD's stem from carefree, frivolous lifestyles; in other words, having frequent, unprotected sex with many partners. Marriage encourages people to settle down and to give up that type of lifestyle. Married people commit themselves to one partner and work to build a life together. Isn't that the type of behavior we want to encourage? (para. 8). Stoddard gave another reason in support of his argument. He argues that if marriage is a procreative unit then state would forbid marriage between those who cannot have children, infertility or by reason of age, as well as those who elect not to (738). Carpenter notes in his article Gay Marriage and Procreation that “individual gay persons can procreate, of course, through means such as artificial insemination and surrogacy arrangements” (para. 3). Carpenter also points out…show more content…
After the Civil War, anti-slavery Republicans were alarmed by the promiscuity and rampant fatherlessness among ex-slaves, disastrous consequences of the institution's prohibition against slaves entering into marriage contracts. These abolitionists created the Freedmen's Bureau, in part as a federal marriage initiative: they wanted to encourage ex-slaves to marry and create stable families. Their aim wasn't primarily to ensure the civil right of blacks to enter into contracts of all sorts, including marriage; they believed, above all, that American-style marriage would help ex-slaves become responsible, self-reliant citizens who would rear responsible, self-reliant children. In light of this dual state concern—the rights of the couple and the promotion of self-governing families would mirror and sustain the republic (para.

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