“Same-Sex Marriage Should Not Be Legalized”

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Academic Writing

Student Name:
Leslie Herrera.

ID Number:

Emilia Gracia

Final Draft: Essay 3.
“Same-Sex Marriage Should Not Be Legalized”.

July 18th 2012.
Same-Sex Marriage Should Not Be Legalized.

As we know, same-sex marriage has been discussed and argued for a long time. Within the controversial topic of gay rights, there’s no area more controversial than same-sex marriage. And all of us ask ourselves if same-sex marriage should be legal or not. But the fact is that we have to start thinking about it as a moral and religious topic. The government shouldn’t legalize the same-sex marriage because the legal definition of marriage is the civil union between a man and a woman, marriage is a religious rite, and also those couples will be able to adopt children if they are given the right to marry.

Same-sex marriage is also known as gay marriage. Same-sex marriage is between two people of the same gender. The Netherlands became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage in 2001; in the United States of America, the first state to legalize same-sex marriage was Massachusetts, on May 17, 2004. According to ProCon.org (2011), as of May 10, 2012, same-sex marriage has been legalized in eight states such as: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Lowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Washington, Maryland, and the District of Columbia which will be effective on January 1, 2013. This has become an even more controversial topic since these current legalizations of same-sex marriage.

One argument against same-sex marriage is that the legal definition of marriage is the civil union between a man and a woman. “The institution of marriage has traditionally been defined as between a man and a woman” (ProCon.org, 2011, Con Gay Marriage, ¶1). Further, if any government gives the right to marry same-sex couples this traditional institution of...
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