In the articles “It Takes a Family” and “What is Marriage”, Rick Santorum and Evan Wolfson both approach their ideal ways of how marriage should appear in the view of society in the United States. Although Wolfson has various arguments where one’s opinion may contradict his beliefs on the issues he is delivering, he informs his readers on the roles men and women should have when dealing with the responsibility of their relationship. Wolfson has valuable points; however, he argues on the importance of same-sex marriage and how it can affect individuals in their daily life. Santorum contradicts Wolfson’s beliefs and feels same-sex marriage confuses the aspects of how men and women approach marriage. Although individuals have opinions on same-sex marriage being legalized, the meaning and morals of marriage would be destroyed in the role of family, religion, and government.
Family plays an important role in marriage and the morals that children are be taught to learn from mistakes their parents made in the past. Although Santorum misused statistics in his article he states, “When liberals, through unelected judges, order us to change this understanding of marriage into something radically different, the result is likely to be dangerous for children and for society” (95). Same-sex marriage can confuse children about the true meaning of marriage which they can be affected by men and women in society. Individuals often look down on children who deal with their sexuality, especially in school. In essence, name-calling, harassments, and bullying can have negative effects on the development and mental stages of the child dealing with their sexuality such as depression, low self-esteem, abuse, and thoughts of suicide. Although parents love their children, parents would try to avoid any conflicts that will harm and danger their child in various ways, including homosexuality. Hence, that can consist of the reasons why families say homosexuality is wrong...
Please join StudyMode to read the full document