Trellis A. Harris
PHI 200 Mind and Machine
August 30, 2011
Ethics, or moral philosophy, investigates how we can evaluate our behavior in terms of right and wrong, good and bad. In short, how we determine what we should do, what we should not do, and how to tell the difference. (Philosophy 2010 Mosser) In this definition of ethics, it says morally determining your behavior to be right or wrong or good and bad, but does this pertain to matters of the heart. Should others be able to dictate to them who they can and can not have an intimate relationship with? Marriage is about a mutual attraction, love and affection. Gay or straight, those are the things marriage should be based on and not just sex, which goes for both sides. Society has taught us since the beginning of time that engaging in sexual acts with partners of the same sex is wrong any way you look at it. In the eyes of Christians, it is wrong and everyone who is gay is going to hell. A healthy loving relationship is not purely sexual which is what society thinks of when they see homosexuals. Society looks at sex between the same genders as perversion and ethically wrong to legalize. The bible teaches us to love one another regardless of race, creed or religion, so when society shuns gay couples and their right to love, they themselves are disobeying God also, so are they going to hell? Society recognizes marriage as a religious and legal commitment between a man and woman not between two men or two women, but as long as there is love within the unity, it should not matter. Politics can not determine if an act of love if right or wrong because it is against religious views. Ethics are pertaining to the right and wrong of acts such as killing someone or stealing from someone, not in an emotional aspect. If the government can pass a law to sell alcohol on Sunday, they can pass one legalizing gay marriage without thinking that they have went against society beliefs.
Relativism is one’s ethical view relative to one’s culture, society, tradition, religion, worldview or even one’s own individual values. (Philosophy 2010 Mosser) The government is simply refusing to legalize gay marriages across the board because of religious views because gay marriage is not breaking any laws. The religious values of the world will not allow them to see another side. Not passing the law is not stopping people from being gay or from living as if they are married. The government some how feels that passing the law would be giving them permission to be gay or condoning the act but it is only allowing them the same legal rights as heterosexual couples. Being gay is much more profound than simply a sexual relationship; being gay is part of that person’s core identity, and goes right to the center of his being. (Gay Marriage: The Arguments and the Motives 2000 Bidstrup) The issue of whether is would be recognized in the eyes of God should not be an issue when dealing with politics because if that was the case, the death penalty should definitely be re- evaluated. Marriage is a benefit and it should be granted to all couples. By not legalizing gay marriage, the government is just displaying another form of discrimination. Being a person who is familiar with what the bible says about marriage and unity, I do not feel God would send any gay couple to hell because there is love involved. The only main issue with legalizing gay marriage is one of ethics. The government should base their decision on issues of would it directly hurt a person or the community than one of personal beliefs.
Gay couples are asking for the right to live as any other married couple. Right or wrong, not allowing them to wed is discrimination, which is wrong. The same financial benefits, as well as insurance benefits, that apply to heterosexual couples should also be available to gay couples. Gay couples pose no threat to society. Gay couples should be given...