Writing Composition GEN-112
First Draft of the Position Paper
November 6, 2014
Recently, the same- sex marriage that has another terms like gay marriage or homosexual marriage was legalized in many countries. In 2001, Dutch government admitted the same-sex marriage as a law, which was the first time the country admitted the same-sex marriage as a law. And after that, many countries especially European countries such as Spain, Denmark, Norway and Belgium legalized it. And also, in the United States of America, 32 states legalized it by court decision, state legislature, and popular vote (ProCon.org 1). But 18 states ban it even though 5 states are in progress to allow it. However, some protesters claim the same- sex marriage is against Christianity. For example, in America, Catholic organization protested gay marriage at the street in Camp Hill, and it said that we're here in defense of natural marriage and the bond between man and woman, and a moral wrong can never be a civil right (Veronikis 6). I believe that Japanese government should legalize the same-sex marriage because gay rights should be respected, prejudice against same-sex marriage will decrease, and marriage is the motivation of their lives for gay people.
First, gay people have human right as well as all majorities. Basic human rights are described in Japanese constitution. In basic human rights, all Japanese have freedom of religion, freedom of belief, equality, and so on. But, it is difficult for gay people to come out their sexual orientation because Japanese cultural tradition recognized that associating with same sex person is bad thing. In Japan, gay people cannot reveal the fact that they are gays. In Japanese tradition, the purpose of marriage was the succession of family’s wealthy, name, and business to its’ oldest son for almost 500 years, so if gays get partners, they cannot make the son who has to success his family. For example, Japanese Takashi Nakamura who is 38 years old and lived in small island lost his friends after he came out that he is gay through Japanese television, and he got mental sick, and immigrated to Dutch where the same-sex marriage is accepted more than other countries to be released from stress, and got married with Dutch man in 2008. And also, gay people have the right as same as straight people. The speech of Hillary Clinton in Genève held by United Nations says that being LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) does not make you less human, and that is why gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights (Clinton). And, she also says that it is a violation of human rights when people are beaten or killed because of their sexual orientate, or they cannot conform to the cultural norms about how men and women should look or behave, and when government declare an illegal to be gay, or allows those who hurt gay people to go unpunished (Clinton). Therefore, I think that the rights of gay people should be respected.
The second reason why I think that the prejudice against gay people will decrease if Japanese government legalizes same-sex marriage and supportive wills of gay marriage will increase. In Japan, the supportive wills of same-sex marriage is larger in younger generation more than older generation. For example, according to Wall street journal in Japanese version, 88% of young Japanese agree with the same-sex marriage, and 9% disagree with it even though 54% of all generation agree with the same-sex. Also, in many countries, young people agree with it more than older people. For example, in America, 70 % of Millennials who are born since 1980 and age 19-33 today are in favor of it (Dimock). Therefore, younger people are more in favor in the same-sex marriage. So, I think that if the government legalizes the same-sex marriage, the number of people who agree with same-sex marriage will increase.
The last reason is that marriage is the motivation of their lives for gay couples as same as straight people. Some people say that the same-sex marriage is not important because they can live without marriage, but I think that marriage is significant for them. This is because the marriage is their motivation of lives, and they promise to keep their good relationship and their eternal love, and they keep being good partners in their lives. And also, according to court decision, if they get marriage, they can give honors because getting marriage is recognized as high rank promise. Therefore, I believe that same-sex marriage is important for gay couples.
In conclusion, I believe Japanese government should legalize the same-sex marriage because gay rights should be respected, prejudice against same-sex marriage will decrease, and marriage is the motivation of their lives for gay people. Even though religious beliefs and cultural traditions do not lead many people to agree with it, gays are in many religious traditions, so they cannot say gays are totally different from them. And, I believe that Japanese government has to turn their eyes to it and legalize it.
Work Cited Clinton, Hillary. “Global Gay Right.” Genève. United Nations. 6 December. 2013. Speech. Dimock, Michael. “Growing Support for Gay Marriage: Changed Minds and Changing Demographics.” Pew Research Center, 20 March. 2013. Web. 29 October. 2014. ProCon.org.“32 States with Legal Gay Marriage and 18 States with Same-Sex Marriage Bans.”ProCon.org, 21 October. 2014. Web. 29 November. 2014. Veronikis, Eric. “Catholic group protests gay marriage in Camp Hill.” The Patriot-News, 22 October. 2014. Web. 29 November. 2014.