William J. Bennett

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William J. Bennett is a conservative against gay marriage. He has written two books about American culture: The Book of Virtues and The Broken Hearth: Reversing the Moral Collapse of the American Family. Bennett writes a piece that appeared in the Washington Post on May 21, 1996. Gay marriage is a big controversy. The conservative and non-conservative people usually disagree with one another strongly. In the piece Bennett has a clear and strong argument against gay marriage. I believe that in his piece he clearly does not like gay people.

Bennett writes that if we allowed gays to marry it would completely change the meaning and definition of marriage itself. Men and women complement each other and marriage reinforces the social act between them. He indicates that if we allowed gays to marry it would encourage incest in families between same sex siblings. Some young adults in high school claim they are gay or bisexual because it became “cool”, and the counselors know they are not gay. It would be confusing to children if we were to recognize the marriage of gay people. It would be difficult to teach the children sexual education. Also, it would be unhealthy for children to have gay parents, and they would be unbalanced.

Although Bennett first states that he understands that homosexuals go through hard times, he shows a great amount of dislike for them. He has a large amount of logical fallicies. For example, in the piece he makes a slippery slope fallicie when he states that brothers would want to marry each other, or bisexuals would want to marry two people. He also makes a hasty generalization in where he remarks of a sample from one high school.

I do not agree with anything that Bennett has argued. In my opinion, marriage is based off of, and canonly survive on love. To deny two people who love each other from living their lives together like heterosexuals can, is obscene. We are simply denying not only their love of one another, but themselves as human...
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