Katha Pollitt counters arguments against marriage between homosexuals in her essay “What’s Wrong with Gay Marriage?”. I think the main purpose of this essay was to convince the reader that there is absolutely nothing wrong with gay marriages. The author starts her essay with a question because she disagrees that gay marriage threatens the so-called institution of marriage. Pollitt jumps from one argument to another and looks at the institution of marriage from various perspectives, such as history, politics, society and religion. She wonders why so many people do not treat marriage seriously, and yet deny it to gays, showing hypocrisy. She gets very emotional in the defense of gay marriage in this piece. The author then informs the reader that she does not like marriage. She argues that marriage is “not about sex, it’s about separation of church and state”.
Some of the author's arguments in this essay are quite convincing. It seems to me that Pollitt supports her opinion with a lot of evidence, yet, some of the evidence is questionable. In the very beginning of this essay though, Pollitt asks, “Will someone please explain to me how permitting gays and lesbians to marry threatens the institution of marriage?” This concludes that Katha Pollitt obviously has the mind-set that same-sex marriage is acceptable and should be allowed and, clearly, she does not see a problem with it. Same-sex marriage is something that many people have a strong opinion about. Personally, I find some of her arguments very persuasive, but given that the issue is very complex, it's hard to express one's point of view in a short essay.
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