Legalizing Same Sex Marriage
The debate on gay marriage is an ongoing argument in the United States. Andrew Sullivan and William J. Bennett are two people who wrote on the topic. Sullivan, an advocate of gay marriage, was the first to write a national cover story in favor of equal marriage in 1989. Sullivan published his book “Virtually Normal: An Argument about Homosexuality” in 1995. In 1996, Bennett responds to Sullivan’s book by writing a rebuttal as an op-ed column in the Washington Post. These two authors show why this debate will continue to happen because of the valid points made on both sides. Sullivan feels that conservatives can’t argue the impossibility of having children because there are no marriage laws which require couples to bear children. He challenges the strong conservative argument of the “Domestic Partnership” laws by stating heterosexual people who live together can qualify for these benefits whether there is a sexual relationship or not. Homosexuals are not the only ones who can qualify. With legalized marriage of same sex couples, he believes homosexuals would be able to be looked at for their devotion to one another rather than the stereotypical views they face now. Sullivan asks his readers to empathize with the plight of homosexuals who have been marginalized and denied basic rights in our society. Legalizing gay marriage doesn’t defy tradition; rather, it supports it by reinforcing fundamental human values such as the right to love and be loved. Legalizing gay marriage would go a long way toward establishing equality for gays and lesbians. Any intelligent person, conservative or liberal, should recognize and support the fairness and equality of homosexual unions. As in the case of all debates, not everyone shares the same views as Andrew Sullivan. William J. Bennett, known for his writings on cultural issues in America, opposes the idea of legal same sex marriage. In response to Sullivan’s article, Bennett disagrees with Sullivan...
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