Same Sex Marriage (Debate Paper)

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That Same Sex Marriage Should Be Legalized In The Philippines

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In partial fulfilment of the requirements in

LOGIC

Submitted to:

Ms. Violeta M. Tabin

Submitted by:

Cherish Aivina Rivera

Gian Marla Valdez

Alexis Paul Canales

Timothy Compra

Alma Godenes

March 13, 2013

Wednesday

PREMISES

1. It leads to moral degradation.

2. It will increase cases of sexually transmitted diseases.

3. It destroys the true essence of family.

4. It creates gender confusion among children.

5. It is immoral.

INTRODUCTION

Same-sex marriage is marriage between two persons of the same biological sex or gender identity. Same-sex marriage is one of the most controversial yet sensitive topics that have been discussed around the world. Politicians often hold debates on this subject trying to decide whether it should be legal for same sexes to be married. It is often viewed as being wrong by religious people because marriage is portrayed as a woman and man uniting, not woman to woman or man to man.

Although there are many people say that banning same-sex marriage is an act of discrimination against homosexual couples, this paper shows some reasons why same-sex marriage should not be legalized.

I. Historical Background

According to the Bible, marriage is ordained by God to be between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:21-24; Matthew 19:4-6). But, same sex seems to have frequently married one another throughout the history. In fact, in some societies, marriages between same gender were officially recognized by the state.

A. Short History

In 2nd century Rome, conjugal contracts between men of about the same age were ridiculed but legally binding. Such marriages were blessed by pagan religions, particularly sects of the Mother Goddess Cybele (imported from Asia Minor). The bride is a transvestite only for the duration of this ceremony, for in a deeply religious sense he has temporarily become the goddess at these holy rites.

Many ancient writers, such as Strabo and Athenaeus, wrote that the Gauls or Celts commonly practiced homosexuality. Aristotle wrote that the Celts “openly held in honor passionate friendship between males.” Diodorus Siculus wrote that “Although the Gauls have lovely women, they scarcely pay attention to them, but strangely crave male embraces.” Later, Eusebius of Caesarea wrote that “Among the Gauls, the young men marry each other with complete freedom. In doing this, they do not incur any reproach or blame, since this is done according to custom amongst them.” Bardaisan of Edessa wrote that “In the countries of the north, in the lands of the Germans and those of their neighbors, handsome young men assume the role of the wives towards other men, and they celebrate marriage feasts.”

2,300 years ago men in Greece had wives, mistresses, and lovers of either gender. Alexander's father, Philip of Macedon, had male lovers and also many wives, a problem when half-brothers would fight to the death over the throne. Alexander refused to marry and beget an heir when he left Macedon to conquer the world.

Alexander loved his boyhood friend, Hephaestion. Both brilliant boys, they were tutored by Aristotle, with whom Hephaestion kept up a lifelong correspondence. Alexander and Hephaestion felt like the two heroes Achilles and Patroclus, from The Iliad, which was Alexander's favorite book. Hephaestion started off as a regular cavalry soldier - Alexander did not play favorites - and rose through the ranks on merit and carried out the most important military and administrative assignments. Later, Alexander also fell in love with a courtier from the conquered Persian court, scandalous not because the courtier was male, but because he was Persian -- most...
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