Ethics and Gay Marriage
For many people today the topic of gay marriage creates ethical controversy. When dealing with matters concerning ethics people often have passionate feelings. Simply put, ethics are the concern of what is morally right or wrong. According to the author of the textbook, The Philosophical Journey, “in ethics, we are concerned with what we ought to do, what consequences ought to be achieved, and what sort of persons we ought to become.” (Lawhead 418) It is an issue that sparks protests and public demonstrations in favor of and against. Same sex relationships in Colorado have always been considered to be taboo. Many oppose gay marriage and the rights of homosexuals as evidenced by the state laws pertaining to gay marriage. Amendment 43 of the Colorado State Constitution clearly states “marriage is a union between a man and a woman.” (www.laws.com) This statement can only be interpreted in one way, but does it demonstrate human compassion, freedom or democracy? Same sex marriages are prohibited by Colorado law. One of the major philosophies that keep Amendment 43 in the state constitution is the divine command theory. In this paper I will present to the class (Philosophy 111-102) a philosophical analysis of the rightness or wrongness of gay marriage and how the divine command theory has played a role in Colorado law making and discrimination. According to our text book, The Philosophical Journey, “the divine command theory is the theory that the rightness or wrongness of an action is intrinsically related to the fact that God either commands it or forbids it”. (Lawhead 419) In other words, the Bible has objective knowledge about the issue at hand and cannot be questioned. This philosophy has been inherited from our country which claims the U.S.A. is a Christian country. Therefore, all the states within this country are Christian as well. Even though Colorado is a Christian state whose laws were formulated with the divine command theory in...
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