The Pros and Cons of Gay Marriage

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The Pros and Cons of Gay Marriage
LP 3: Argumentative Essay
Patty Waters
Composition II
Sue Cochran, Instructor
Sunday, March 24, 2013

This essay covers the pros and cons concerning gay marriage. You will discover some new laws and amendments that are about to happen in our country, and some things that people are against. There are many issues that will be covered from rights and benefits to getting married legally. You will read reports, stories and articles from lawyers, newspaper reporters and news reporters on the pros and cons of gay marriage. There will also be a list of states that have passed the gay marriage right law, what it entails and when it came into effect. There will also be statements from lawyers stating how not recognizing gay marriage is unconstitutional and prejudice against gays, lesbians, transgender, etc. This subject has been at the center of controversy lately with both sides thinking that they are right.

Everyone should have the same rights when it comes to marriage, regardless of you are. It shouldn’t matter if you are black, white, purple, man, women or transgender; what is legal for one should be legal for all. Who is to say who we are and who we fall in love with…certainly not the government! People have been prejudice for so long and over many things; one of the biggest being about the black American. Gay marriage rights is now one that people are prejudice over. Didn’t God create all equal? Well it is about time we started treating everyone equal, don’t you think?

First you have the “anti-gay marriage” people. This group believes that only a man and a woman should be married. This is the way it is, has been forever, and should remain as is. One of the biggest reasons that people say this has to do with God and the bible. What is written there is law and should never be changed.  Rev. Philip H. Curtis, of Exeter Chapel in Rhode Island recently said “Historically our marriage laws have been based on the Judeo-Christian view of marriage with its roots in the He-brew and Christian scriptures. If this goes forward, I ask you: by what authority will you redefine marriage?" And "by what standard shall our marriage laws be defined now and in the future ... Where and by what logic we will draw the line?"

There are several people in this group who think that all homosexuals are perverted and are going to hell. They believe that these people have some sort of disease, that they can be cured and that they should be. Another reason that they are against same sex marriage is that children need a mother and father. If a same sex couple has kids, they think that they will be forever ruined. They will have problems growing up, not knowing the true meaning of family and worst of all, they will end up gay because they are raised in that environment. These groups of people don’t think that gays should have the same opportunities as straight people, which are the traditional couple, a man and a woman when it comes to marriage. There should be no insurance benefits, life insurance benefits, survivor benefits, etc. for them. Even with some states passing laws for same sex marriages, this group of people will never see this as legal in their eyes or in God’s eyes. In fact in Alabama they require that sex education classes teach that “homosexuality is not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public and that homosexual conduct is a criminal offense under the laws of the state.” How can there be laws like this in our country that teach our kids this kind of thing.

Over the last year or so, there have been several states that have passed the same-sex marriage law, and I can only hope that more states follow. This is a position that I believe in so much. You have no choice in which you will fall in love with, just like you have no choice whether you are gay or not. I do not believe that you just wake up one day and decide you are gay. I think you...
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