H History/English 9- Period 5
30 October 2012
Gay marriage has been legalized in six US states and the District of Columbia, as of May 10, 2012. Thirty-one states have constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage (“Gay”). The gay rights movement is traced backed to the Stonewall Riots where gays and lesbians fought back against the police that invaded their gay bars (“Gay”). This controversy is whether or not gay marriage should be legal throughout the US.
Eric Zorn’s newspaper article, “Change of Subject: The Top Six Arguments against Gay Marriage”, tells about six popular arguments against gay marriage, and explains how he believes each is not valid. Zorn wrote this article to persuade opponents of same sex marriage to agree that it should be legalized, and he informs about changes in our society and why he believes gay marriage should be one of these changes. Zorn is trying to tell how over time we have created and destroyed traditions and that gay marriage should be legal because it is harmless to society contrary to popular beliefs that it could lead to legalizing polygamy or that homosexuals have immoral behavior. The author’s bias is shown in this article to be pro same sex marriage because he believes it is not morally wrong because it does not harm anyone. Zorn also states in the introduction, “I've been informally debating opponents of legalizing same-sex marriage for nearly 20 years…” (Zorn).
The newspaper article “One Man Guides the Fight Against Gay Marriage”, written by Erik Eckholm, explains how Frank Schubert is working against the idea of legalizing gay marriage. This source is made to inform about what Frank Schubert thinks about gay marriage and how he and other organizations are trying to prevent it from becoming legal. Eckholm is trying to convey that this battle between gay rights leaders and Schubert, along with other same-sex marriage opponents, will carry on into the...