Democracy Day-Same Sex Marriage

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Same-Sex Marriage, Where do you stand?

On February 22, 2012 I attended an event called Deliberative Democracy day, which focused on the issue of same-sex marriage. The event consisted of small group discussions and a panel discussion with local and well-known professionals including Marie Cornwall, Jane Marquardt, William Duncan, and Barry Gomberg. Coming into the event, I did not know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised with the result. The topics of polygamy and children being involved in same-sex marriages were the topics that stood out to me the most during the small group discussions. I was glad I had the opportunity to see many different sides of the issue.

At the beginning of the discussion when the topic of same-sex marriage was first brought up, the immediate direction the conversation went was to the idea of polygamy. This was brought up because of the idea that allowing same-sex marriage would just lead to more non-traditional marriages. One side of the issue was against same-sex marriage all together because they felt as though this would open doors to other marriages. The opposing side of the argument would state that polygamy is a whole other issue aside from same-sex marriage itself, and they should not be considered as the same thing. Although the members of the small discussion group I was in all had different ideas, our meeting point on the topic was centered on the fact that there would eventually have to be a line drawn somewhere. The only problem is where exactly that line is to be drawn. That is one problem we could not decide on in the discussion.

When changing topics from polygamy to children of same-sex couples, the discussion group once again should me many different views on the issue. One particular side argued that any couple should have the opportunity to have children, while the opposing side of this issue would argue that this could emotionally and socially damage the child involved with the same-sex couple....
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