Same Sex Marriage “A Matter of Justice”
PHI 103: Informal Logic
Professor Russell Fail
March 18, 2013
The American dream, one of freedom and equality, is treasured in the heart of every citizen of the United States. With this dream in mind, most of society will say they support equal rights for homosexuals. When asked if they support same sex marriage, their support of gay equality comes to a screeching stop. In the most recently debated public votes, the majority of Americans voted for the Constitutional Amendment, which puts a ban on same sex marriage. However, all of these American voters do believe in providing equal rights to the gay community, rights that include: no toleration of discrimination in jobs by creating equal opportunity employers, rights protecting gays from hate crimes, rights allowing same access to housing, rights allowing advancement in government, and so on. Yet the concept of same sex marriage is still not considered a right the American people should extend to homosexuals. A huge misunderstanding underlying this debate is the assumption that homosexuals have a "choice" to whom they can feel attracted to. Same as heterosexuals cannot" choose" who they are attracted to, neither can homosexuals. Opposition movements, such as the family led by Dr. James Dobson, claim to "promote the truth that homosexuality is preventable and treat-able" (Dobson 74). Dobson goes further in claiming, "living as a homosexual is not as happy-go-lucky as frequently portrayed in the entertainment media" (Dobson 72). How can a member of the straight community be the one with an "expert opinion" that homosexuality can be changed or even whether a homosexual can be happy or not? No one would ever" choose" to live a life faced with prejudice and discrimination. The same assumption of choice leads to the idea that homosexuality is purely about sex, often called a "sexual perversion". Homosexuality is much more about love and affection than it is about sex. Whether it is a heterosexual or homosexual relationship sex in any committed relationship, is an expression of love. Being gay represents who that person is and forms his/her identity; being gay is that significant to the person who is. Most heterosexuals are unable to understand this. Instead, they use their lives as a basis for what "normal" should mean. In addition, same-sex couples may want to get married for many reasons but, there are several valid points as to why they should be allowed. It is not just based on wanting to be able to wed but, why they actually should get the opportunity to. People may feel that if same sex marriage is legalized it will cost more money for taxpayers. By allowing same sex marriage to be legal it can save money and would require them to assume legal responsibility. Studies have shown that same sex marriage can affect taxpayers positively. With this being the case, why shouldn’t it be allowed if it can actually save money? Some states have already changed their ways and agreed to accept same sex marriage. Although, a few states here in the United States have started to change other countries to extended rights to same-sex couples. Many states are already adjusting their laws, so why is it that all states cannot just allow same-sex marriage. Legalizing gay marriage should be accepted in every state and country, not just a few. Traditions have already begun to be altered amongst some countries and states, now it is time for the rest to follow and do the same. Another reason same-sex couples should be allowed the right to marry is so they can have a chance to be happy like any other couple. If an individual is unable to wed the person they want, then they will not be satisfied. All people “should be free to marry the person they love” and not have to change that. Homosexuals same as heterosexuals cannot change their sexuality. People think marriage can only consist of a man and a woman. If...
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