Legalization of Gay Marriages

Only available on StudyMode
  • Download(s) : 558
  • Published : July 12, 2011
Open Document
Text Preview
Gay marriage is a legally or socially recognized marriage between two persons of the same biological sex or social gender. It first became legal in the U.S. state Massachusetts in 2004 after many debates. Same-sex marriage supporters make several arguments in support of their position. They compare their struggles to the civil rights movement and the fight for women rights. Supports believe they have the right to marry whoever they chose as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody. Some Homosexuals argue that homosexuality is natural since it occurs in the animal world. But this is problematic. It is true that this behavior occurs in the animal kingdom. But, it is also true that we see animals eating their prey alive and even their own young. We see savagery, cruelty, and extreme brutality. Yet, we do not condone such behavior in our own society. They should be consistent and not compare us to animals. We are not animals. We are made in God's image.

Since the beginning of time homosexuality has been around. Many famous men in history are link to homosexuality and even some of them endorse it. For example, historical figures such as Alexander the Great, Plato, Hadrian, Virgil, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Christopher Marlowe included or were centered upon relationships with people of their own gender. Also, homosexuality was accepted as art and way of life in many civilizations such as Rome and Greece. Same-sex marriage has a short but heated history in the U.S. It first came to national attention in a 1993 Hawaii case, in which judges found that the state's constitution required a compelling reason not to extend to gay’s equal marriage rights. The ruling prompted Congress to push through the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which prevented homosexual couples from receiving benefits traditionally conferred by marriage. Since then, states have scrambled to define their own stance on the issue, in some cases recognizing civil unions or domestic partnerships. A common question in the debate over gay marriage is: what is the point for gays to marry? Aside from property and legal issues that could, in theory, be solved by other laws, what point are gays trying to make in attempting to get married? Why is it so important to be able to hold up a marriage certificate and say ‘we’re married’ instead of simply saying ‘we’re a couple’ without a certificate? Some advocate that it’s about validation: gay and lesbian marriage is about their relationship being recognized precisely as a marriage. Also, they believe they have the same right to marry like any other couple. Many advocates believe that the Constitution gives them the right to be gay and get married as long as it doesn’t hurt themselves or anybody else. Also, some advocates say that by allowing gay marriage can stimulate the economy. Revenue from gay marriage comes from marriage licenses, higher income taxes (the so-called "marriage penalty"), and decreases in costs for state benefit programs. The Comptroller for New York City found that legalizing gay marriage would bring $142 million to the City’s economy and $184 to the State’s economy over three years. (procon ,2011) However, there have been many arguments against homosexuality and gay marriage. The institution of marriage has traditionally been defined as between a man and a woman. In the Oct. 15, 1971 decision Baker v. Nelson , the Supreme Court of Minnesota found that "The institution of marriage as a union of man and woman, uniquely involving the procreation and rearing of children within a family, is as old as the book of Genesis.”(procon ,2011) Another argument against gay marriage is the children issue. Gay marriage will lead to more children being raised in same-sex households which are not an optimum environment for raising children because children need both a mother and father. Girls who are raised apart from their fathers are reportedly at higher risk for early sexual activity and...
tracking img