Critical Thinking PHI 210
‘’Critical Thinking Paper: Revised’’
June 10, 2012
Prof. Naomi Sanderovsky
Janet Rivera Cruz
In the United States, there is social unrest regarding the government’s denial of the right to marry for homosexuals. Plenty of conservatives are completely against gay marriage; and many of liberals are fighting for equal treatment. The neo-Christian politicians are using religious arguments to establish that homosexuality is an abomination. Clearly we as a nation are undecided on this issue. 36 states have passed legislation banning gay marriages, yet the state of Vermont passed a law that allows homosexual couples the right to participate in civil unions. Some other states are also debating whether or not to allow these couples to marry. Unfortunately, the dispute has left the United States homosexual community in an awkward position. Gays who gain the same benefits from marriage would be a more productive part of society for two reasons: the benefits from marriage and the pursuit of happiness obtained from the right of gay marriage. Many gays disagree with the argument that marriage is a tradition. They believe we should not discriminate who may be married. It is clear where gays stand. They do not want to settle for less than marriage status.
Those who argue against gay marriage insist that the only legitimate marriages are those between men and women. Gay marriage furthermore represents a threat to established norms of authority, identity and power. Those who possess that authority and power and who have used them to create their identities are thereby threatened by the prospective changes. Marriage is not just an institution, but also a symbol representing our culture's ideals about sex, sexuality, and human relationships. Symbols are important they are a common cultural currency, which we each use to help create our sense of self. Thus when the traditional nature of marriage is challenged in any way, so are people's basic identities. By asking legislatures to pass "Defense of Marriage" acts, voters are using the law to create the cultural equivalent of a copyright or trademark on the institution of marriage to prevent it from be challenged too much. Recent polls have consistently shown that the nation can be divided into roughly equal thirds: one-third supports gay marriage completely, another supports only civil unions, and the last is against any form of union entirely. Recently it has become common for polls to report that the majority of respondents support gay marriage in many Northeastern states, while some but not all polling have reported majority support in some Pacific Coast states. This suggests that, over time, same sex marriage will continue to gain support simply due to the increasing number of more supportive youth and the decrease of less supportive, seniors. The government, the social media and the churches all play important role in making their opinion. The issue of gay marriage has been a media fixation, evident in the front-and-center role the media played in the days leading up to President Obama's declaration of his support. Christians and some government officials who think that equal rights for gays is a threat to their religious beliefs are sincere, but are also sincerely immoral and wrong. Religious dissenters are marginalized and stigmatized as racists, homophobes and as outlaw. Public school curricula soon reflect the change in the law, and our children are made a captive audience for learning the new social understanding of desegregation and family and of unlawful discrimination Lear the facts, In the U.S., 75% of students have no state laws to protect them from harassment and discrimination in school based on their sexual orientation. In public high schools, 97% of students report regularly hearing homophobic remarks from their peers. Recently, people...
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