“Against Gay Marriage” Summary
This column, “Against Gay Marriage,” was written by a retired chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, William J. Bennett. It originally appeared in the Washington Post close after the Defense Marriage Act of 1996 was issued. It was a rebuttal against another popular debate writing called “Virtually Normal: An Argument about Homosexuality.” The purpose of “Virtually Normal” was to gear people towards the approval of gay marriage. “Against Gay Marriage” expresses that the foundation of marriage and American culture would be destroyed by the allowance of homosexual marriage (33).
Not too long ago, Americans had more narrow ideas concerning the commitments of love, when they were based on customs. The sexual revolution of the 1960’s introduced new ideas and practices which questioned the fine lines of marriage. The ideas the revolution brought were many variations of gay and lesbian partnerships who wished to be connected to each other like heterosexual partners through marriage. Bennett thought that if one state succumbed to the approval of gay marriage then a domino effect would occur with other states. He realizes “the effort to achieve for homosexual unions both legal recognition and social acceptance (34).”
Bennett clearly states that preventing the legalization of homosexual marriage is not a matter of personal “intolerance, bigotry or lack of compassion (34).” The prevention is to stop a momentous culture mutilation and to stop America from accepting the destruction of tradition values and principles. Legalizing gay marriage would warp the fundamentals of marriage where, in time, any union would be viewed as standard. Such unions can range from a marriage consisting of two family members or a marriage of a human to an animal. The recognition of homosexual marriage would also be a crucial signal to the young citizens of America. Children would be raised and introduced to a confused sexual environment and...
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