Essay on Same Sex Marriage Should Be Legal
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Same Sex Marriage Should Be Legal
Marriage has long been a traditional aspect of Western Society. It is widely recognized as a ritual between both man and woman. Marriage is deemed as a holy matrimony meant to publically announce a commitment between two heterosexual individuals. For many traditional reasons and religious beliefs the institution of marriage has been denied to homosexuals. Publically opposing the idea of marriage by homosexuals openly shows bias towards equality of citizens under the law and places heterosexuals and homosexuals on separate planes as human beings.
The act of marriage is a sanction between traditionally complementary sexes (male and female) universally seen as a heterosexual ritual. In society…show more content…
It is difficult among heterosexuals, and automatically thought as less able to be performed by same-sex couples. This is incorrectly assumed, people don’t know whether those couples would be more likely to work or even place a higher standard on marriage.
William J. Bennett, a prominent cultural conservative and cultural issues writer, argues in an op-ed column “Against Gay marriage” in the Washington Post (21 may 1996) that allowing same-sex marriage would create extended social chaos. Popular opinion deems that complementary sexes alone can complete each other, and incorrectly recognizes same-sex marriage as a gateway for incest and bigamy. Homosexuality isn’t the same as incestuous behavior; making same-sex marriage legal doesn’t condone incest nor bigamy. Yet this kind of scrutiny is ‘justifiably’ placed upon homosexuals.
The government shouldn’t be able to state; homosexuals can’t get married, and couples don’t have connection, feelings and devotion to one another. If the government can dictate to homosexuals which actions can be performed the same should be done to heterosexuals to keep playing fields all around equal. As soon as that were to happen there would be an uprising, because that’s a freedom and wouldn’t want the government in their social lives. Church and state should be kept separate; all people are created equally and shouldn’t be
Show MoreThe goal of most people in life is to be happy. There are two major fronts to their happiness, their jobs and their love lives. While education may be the key to securing that perfect job, there is no formula for finding the perfect mate, especially for gays. Furthermore, once gays find their partners for life, the law does not recognize their marriage, denying homosexual spouses the benefits that heterosexual spouses have enjoyed for centuries. The roots of this debate lie in the soil of discrimination. Gays have long been discriminated against, even though there is little difference between sexual orientation-based discrimination and that based upon race. Also, many states and the federal government still have laws that…show more content…
Furthermore, fundamentalists believe same-sex marriages mock the idea of commitment, and breed cynacism, as they say that society does not need homosexual relationships in order to flourish (Baird 108-9).
Statistics provide evidence of discrimination. Sixty-four percent of Americans still believe that the law should not recognize same-sex marriages. (Cloud 44) Christianity has a large part in the prevention of same-sex marriage. It is common for Christians to look upon homosexuality as a sin. Therefore, they would not want to recognize same-sex marriages, because they see marriage as holy union. Another argument deals with the standard definition of marriage as being necessarily different-sex. To some, the term "same-sex marriage" seems oxymoronic. (Eskridge 90) Another argument is the procreation and family argument. A main provision in marriage is having children and forming a family. Since same-sex couples cannot conceive children, why should they marry? (Eskridge 96) This argument is clearly fault-ridden. Some married couples are unable or choose not to have children, so this is not even a viable argument. (Strasser 52) Fifty-seven percent of Americans do not believe that homosexual couples should be allowed to adopt children. (Cloud 44) All of these