To Be or Not to Be Essay

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To Be Or Not To Be PHI 103 Informal Logic Instructor: 20 NOV, 2011 On November 18, 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court reached a landmark decision in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health: under the state constitution's Equal Protection clause, the findings were this, “Massachusetts had no legitimate reason for denying gays and lesbians the right to marry.” (Garlinger, pp41). For ages it seems like our society has been kicking around the idea or listening to the argument on whether or not homosexuals should be allowed to marry one another or not. I myself have been strongly against the idea of homosexual couple being afforded the same rights as myself and wife. After growing older and I hope a little wiser, after meeting people from all walks of life gay and straight, and working with people from around the globe I have come to a final conclusion on this matter. I believe that homosexuals should be given the right to marry and live the life they so choose, after all they are human just like the rest of us and God did create everyone as equals. First, I was brought up in a religious background and was always taught that homosexuality was not natural and was forbidden by my faith. My Pastor would sit up and give a speak from time to time stating that homosexuality was a curse on man and was an abomination. I was fine with following along with his reasoning because I looked up to my Pastor, my family did as well, along with the rest of the community. After taking sometime to think about the subject and our assignment I later came to realize that I identified with my Pastor using the “false authority”. “False authority draws a conclusion based on an authority whose expertise is irrelevant to the conclusion.” (Mosser. SEC. 4.2). Just because I looked up to the teaching of my Pastor and believed him to be a moral

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