An Argument for Gay Marraige

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2/3/2010
The issue of gays rights to marry is a volatile and extremely relevant issue our country is facing today. This issue has been a long time in the making, and many people have had to undue hardships in life because of the current situation homosexual people face today. Homosexual Americans are not granted the same rights and social acceptance that their heterosexual counterparts enjoy. This is a cause for concern.

In America, land of the free, how is our society condoning blatant exclusion and bigotry towards a group of people who only want to be accepted? Looking at the current situation of gay rights will show that there is only one logical way to proceed: the legalization of gay marriage. The various arguments against gay marriage will be examined. First off, God does not hate homosexual people. Generally speaking, those to oppose homosexual people view the lifestyle as a sin against God and nature. That statement shows the bigotry and ignorance of the average religious person in America. If you view God as a loving all knowing being, how can you have the right to judge someone and say that God hates him or her because they are gay? As human beings, we have to love, accept and tolerate everyone, this is what God taught. Not even the “best Christian” should have the ability to judge anyone in this world. Luke 6:37 states that, “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Being homosexual is also not against nature; homosexuality has been around since the dawn of time and is practiced in the animal world instinctually. How can someone say that something is not nature’s way when over 1500 animal species practice homosexuality naturally?

Society needs to view marriage as a bond between two loving people, regardless of gender. These are people who want to profess their love for one another, and this should not be viewed from an outdated religious viewpoint. A landmark decision was made to allow people of all sexuality the right to marry when the governor of Vermont signed a bill allowing same-sex unions in 1999. Studies have shown that this ruling has had no observable negative effects on their population.

In addition to that fact, many nations currently allow gay marriage including: Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Denmark and Sweden; their societies are more open-minded and accepting than in America. At first, religious groups adamantly opposed it, but now years later the majority of them have seen it to have no negative effect and no longer oppose the law. Attitudes towards homosexual people are much more tame, and violence towards homosexuals is much lower in Europe. They all have progressive citizens who are open-minded and have lower suicide rates due to the cultural acceptance of the lifestyle. While nowhere is perfect, we can look to these countries and realize that acceptance of homosexual marriage is valid and allows for a generally more peaceful population. Another statistic that is in favor of allowing gay marriage is that researcher Darren Spendale found that 15 years after Denmark had granted same-sex couples the rights of marriage, rates of heterosexual marriage in those countries had gone up, and rates of heterosexual divorce had gone down. These findings would dispute the argument that allowing homosexual marriage would dissolve the foundation of heterosexual marriage.

Some fairly recent promising policies in America that deal with gay rights are as follows: on May 17, 2004 Massachusetts became the first state in the country to legalize gay marriage, after that New Jersey and Connecticut followed suit. New York also allows the recognition of gay marriage in other states, but they cannot legally get married in the state. The most notable policy that was made and recently changed was the...
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