Debate Paper: Legalizing Same Sex Marriage

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Debate Paper: Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage
I. Introduction
II. Opposing Views
A.) Religious
B.) Health Concerns
C.) Traditional Marriage
III. Supportive Views
A.) Basic Rights
B.) Adoption
C.) Increase of Government Revenue
IV. Recommendations
V. Conclusion

Debate Paper: Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage
“The gay marriage debate is a gay rights issue because preventing gay people from marrying sets them aside from mainstream society. Refusing to allow gay couples the right to marry is an acknowledgement that gay couples are not in the same sort of relationships as heterosexual couples, and gives a message that gays and lesbians are not capable of forming a regular family unit” ( In this paper, information regarding the content against gay marriage, including religious views, health concerns, and traditional marriage views and its potential moral and legal issues. It will also discuss supportive information in legalizing gay marriage in the aspect of basic rights, increasing government revenue, and its psychological effects and its potential issues. Opposing Views for Same-Sex Marriage

Same-sex marriage is not a traditional setting for family life. Seeing two people of the same sex showing affection and love towards one another is not something that the world is ready to accept as normal. Many believe that this issue is a choice rather than being born to the attraction of the same sex. Religious

Homosexuality is an illicit lust forbidden by God. “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination" (Leviticus 18:22). In Christian beliefs, God encourages sexual relationships, and childbearing, but only if they involve one-man married to one woman. The Christian belief does not accept homosexuality and believe that if a man or women lay with someone of the same sex, they will burn in hell for eternity. God created humans for marriage and intends for all men to choose one wife. This is only speaking on one religion; almost all religions worldwide find homosexuality completely unacceptable. It is a disgrace and humans who lay with another of the same sex will not be granted an eternal life in heaven. Unlike other sins, homosexuality has a severe judgment administered by God himself. This judgment is simple: They are given over to their passions. Their hearts will be hardened, and they will not see the error in their ways and begin to judge others who look down on them for being homosexual. Living as a homosexual, you face criticism more from a religious standpoint than any other does, although, there are other reasons to be weary of choosing to live this way. Health concerns

Gay men are in the highest risk group for some of the more serious of the STD’s. Research gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has found significantly higher rates of rectal gonorrhea, HIV/AIDS and all three strains of Hepatitis among homosexuals. Other studies have found that it links to the leading cause in cervical cancer worldwide HPV. A large percentage of homosexual men have hundreds of sexual partners throughout their lifetime. This greatly increases the risk of spreading the STD between multiple people. A study shows that over 68% of partners had unprotected sex without knowing the others HIV status. Having unprotected sex with hundreds of partners in a lifetime is the reason that homosexuality’s STD percentage is so high. Lesbians experience higher rates of bacterial vaginosis and hepatitis C. They are likely to have twice the number of sexual partners as heterosexual women as well. They are six times more likely to use illegal drugs intravenously, tobacco, alcohol, and become obese. The way that society often treats lesbians can lower their self-esteem and lead to depression. Suicide rates, for example, are higher among lesbian youth than among heterosexual youth. Traditional Marriage

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