SOC 120 Introduction to Ethics & Social Responsibility
Instructor: Safiyyah Al-Amin
June 6, 2011
Introduction: Gay Marriage
Thesis: Gay marriage is as an ethical issue because it goes against most people norms.
I. Identify, specifically, the ethical issue
A. The ethical problems it presents.
II. Explain how one of the classical theories (virtue ethics) A. How would this resolve the problem?
III. Contrast this response with the perspective brought to the issue by ethical egoism.
A. Three types
VI. State which of these views is closer to your own
Conclusion: Although, the ethical norm is a heterosexual couple, gay marriage is not an ethical issue for everyone.
Introduction: Gay Marriage
Two strangers become friends and later fall in love. They tell their family and friends that they have found their soul mate, and they want to get married as soon as possible. There is only one thing preventing them from getting married, not financial problems, love triangles, and no, there are no secrets: rather, their marriage might not be recognize if they live in the United States. When asked if we should treat everyone fairly, regardless of sexual orientation, gender, religious status, age, race, etc. the replied with enthusiastic is yes. However when we asked the same people who replied yes, if same-sex marriages should be allow, you received mixed answers. There are valid reasons brought up by those who oppose same sex marriages such as moral and religious values.
In a newspaper article David Klepper writers in The Associate Press, “PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A flurry of activity in efforts to legally recognize gay relationships or ban same-sex marriage is reminding advocates that even though polls indicate growing acceptance, the debate is far from settled. Rhode Island is pondering a proposal to allow civil unions, a compromise that arose after it became clear there were not enough votes for marriage. Minnesota lawmakers voted to put a constitutional marriage ban on the ballot, and the mayor of New York spoke out strongly in favor of same-sex marriage Thursday as talks continue in his state. Gay marriages allowed in five states and D.C. Several other states offer civil unions or, as Oregon does, domestic partnerships instead. Three states enacted civil unions this year. The debate continues to rage in several other states.” (Klepper, 2011) This country founded on religious freedom, and equality, where people allowed to worship how they see fit; and have the free will of all other citizens. Plenty of conservatives are completely against gay marriage; and many of liberals are fighting for equal treatment. The neo-Christian politicians are using religious arguments to establish that homosexuality is an abomination. A foundation, set up from the beginning, states that separation needs to be made between religion and government, so the two shall never meld to become a theocracy.(Bennett, 1996) With the issue of gay marriage, lines are crossed and the main influence a government’s decision of who shall be married and who will be refused. Gay marriage is as an ethical issue because it goes against most people norms. Yet with this country founded on religion many ethics relate to the bible and people believe that gay marriage is an “absolute condemnation to hell of homosexuality and it has old roots. ("The gay marriage," 2004) Identify, specifically, the ethical issue
The Eighth Amendment talks about freedom of speech and freedom of living life. It is not true for everyone to live his/her life by his/her choice. When one asks someone, he/she will say yes, he/she is in favor of equal rights for homosexuals. They will all say that gay should have the same rights in housing, jobs, and public accommodations and they should have equal access to government benefits and equal protection of the law. When asks about gay marriage, all this talk...