February 14, 2013
English III Honors
Same-Sex Marriage: A Conflict of Views
Throughout time marriage equality for same-sex couples has been non-existent. Now, gay rights are at the forefront of political and social reform. Same-sex marriage has recently become a fiercely debated topic; however, only nine states allow same-sex marriage and only a few allow domestic partnerships, because of religion, generational differences, and the general and voting public that still denounce it, marriage equality is a natural right that is being stolen from same-sex couples. Most religious groups openly denounce and speak out against homosexuality, as well as same-sex marriage. “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them” (Leviticus 20:13). The Bible teaches that being gay, and same-sex marriage, is an abomination and that they should be put to death. Although no Catholic churches actually do this, it teaches impressionable minds that being gay and wanting to marry in wrong to a degree of almost criminal. The Pope who is the head figure of the church gives speeches that still say that being gay is an abomination and that they should not be allowed to marry. In a speech given about family values Pope Benedict XVI stated that “gays are eschewing their God-given gender identities to suit their sexual choices – and destroying the very "essence of the human creature" (Winfield). The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted bless same-sex couples but the church still defines marriage as one man and one woman. However there is one church that accepts and acknowledges the wants of same-sex couples. The United Church of Christ voted to legally recognize same-sex marriage, although because of the autonomous being of the church, each individual congregation is allowed to choose if they want to follow the vote (“Religious Groups’ Official Positions on Same-sex Marriage”). Even though some congregations allow and bless same-sex couples the masses are still opposed and refuse to allow them to marry. Same-sex marriage is heavily criticized because for thousands of years, entire nations have been founded on religious views, which defines marriage as union between one man and one woman; such as the colonies of Great Britain along with eastern coast of the United States. It is the same story with the Spanish in Central America and the French in Canada and other northern parts of the United States. All of the colonies founded by these nations have been developed by the idea of spreading a religion to new people in hopes of their enlightenment. In all of these foundations, all believe that homosexuality is an abomination and that is should be rid of the earth. However as time has gone on and people have been moving away from such puritan views, new generations are slowly becoming accepting of the idea of same-sex marriage. With new generations being more exposed to the idea of homosexuality through movies, T.V. shows, and other kinds of media, younger minds are more accepting than other generations. In past generations it was not socially acceptable to be openly gay. This was the case for John McCluskey and Rudy Henry who fell in love in 1958, but kept their sexuality a secret for fear of what landlords, and employers would think (Turnball). In 1958 being openly gay would have been social suicide. It was not accepted and was looked down upon as if something was mentally wrong with them. The idea that same-sex couples could marry was outlandish. It went against the social norm of that time and was not met with open arms. As time has gone on new generations have developed new views. One of the best ways to see generational change is through elections and how the current populous vote compared to past generations. One of the clearest differences is how these newer generations view same-sex...