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Same-sex Rights

October 10, 2012

Laura Flanagan

Johnson

ENG101-P04

October 1st, 2012

The concept of marriage is one that has been reevaluated by many people over the past several decades and, especially, within the past few years. Traditionally speaking, marriage is a celebration and commitment between a man and a woman. However, the controversy over same sex marriage has been becoming more and more apparent. With celebrities and role models like Ellen DeGenerous and Neil Patrick Harris, the gay community has been strengthening amongst itself, but it has also been sparking more angst in those against same-sex marriage. In my personal opinion, marriage should not be an institution strictly for a man and a woman. The love that two people share is no longer discouraged because of race, age, or social status, and therefore should not be discouraged because of gender.

 

The Opposing View Points:

1) It is of tradition for marriage to be between a man and a woman.

  • According to years of history and a general Webster’s definition (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/marriage), this is certainly true. However, at one point, people of the same race were hardly allowed to be in the same room together. It is safe to say the US has broken tradition once or twice.

2) Gay marriage could be considered offensive and crude from a religious standpoint.

  • This is also true depending on the religion (http://www.gotquestions.org/gay-marriage.html), especially if the Bible is its basis. I would like to point out, though, that America is made of a diverse group of people. Eating meat is against some religions. Should that be made illegal, too? It’s important to consider that some people will be offended if same-sex marriage were to be legalized. Nevertheless, the choice to get married to someone of the same sex is his/her own business and is left of the individual.

3) Gay marriage is a sterile institution.

  • Some people who marry into a heterosexual marriage will not have kids, either by choice or by nature. There are also a plethora of gay couples who stay together though they are not legally married. There are also plenty of children who could be adopted. It’s not as if the nation would be at risk for a plummeting population.

4) Gay marriage shouldn’t be supported because it is unnatural.

  • In some cases, people consider gay marriage to be wrong because it is “unnatural”. This could be true to an extent; according to Gary J. Gates, Researcher at The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy, the number of gay people is generally outnumbered by the number of straight people. It is difficult to narrow this down into a specific ratio, but an estimate would be between 1 in every 10-20 people (http://gaylife.about.com/od/comingout/a/population.htm).

Gay marriage is a topic that most people feel very strongly about, whether they oppose it or support it. However, it is important to consider that the US is a widely diverse nation, made with many different races, social classes, and types of people. The US has progressed over the years by becoming more accepting to this assorted population. It’s important to recognize that people can and should have respect for one another, even if they disagree on certain subjects. If gay marriage were to be legalized, it would simply cause more freedom to the gay community. It would take away rights for others or harm them in anyway. All in all, it is entirely possible to stick to one’s moral standards while still having respect for another’s.

 

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