What is the definition of marriage? The dictionary states it as being the legal union between a man and a woman as husband and wife. However, times are changing as the gay life style becomes more accepted by society it is time to allow all couples regardless of sex to enjoy equal protections, rights and benefits under the law. Perhaps, it makes the most sense to consider arguments against same sex marriage to realize why it should be legalized; these arguments touch upon a broad array of issues including: parenting, religion and morality, procreation, rights and benefits, and values and institute of marriage.
Many people believe that same sex marriages are not the ideal environments for parenting and will likely result in adverse effects on the children. One study that discounts this notion was conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health in 2002. The study concluded that no significant differences existed between children raised by gay parents and those raised by heterosexual parents. (Sears & Hirsch, 2004) In addition, the study even found that there are more similarities then disparities and the methods and attitudes of gay and straight fathers regarding parenting. The research also debunks the popular myth that children raised in a gay household are often confused about their own gender identities and sexual orientation; the children are no more confused then those raised in heterosexual households. The research goes on to state that there are no apparent discrepancies in self-esteem, behavioral difficulties, scholastic achievements, and family and peer relationships when comparing children from both types of households. (Sears & Hirsch) Many psychologists agree that the love and commitment of the parents is paramount in the successful up bringing of children (not the gender of the parents). Religion and Morality
Opponents of gay marriage base...