Yes to Gay Marriage
March 16, 2013
Gay marriage is definitely the talk of the country, there are many people for it but unfortunately, the country also consists of people against it. My opponent Peter S. Sprigg is very much so against the whole idea of legalizing gay marriage. While reading the article Sprigg wrote, I noticed that his main concern was the uprising of children. He went on and on about the fact that marriage should be held between a man and a woman because opposite-sex relationships are the only type capable of producing children through natural intercourse. Yes, he is right it takes a man and woman to make a child, but that does not mean a gay couple doesn’t have the ability to raise a child. While reading his article I did feel he made a good point but I still don’t agree. I found one part in particular to be complete nonsense. In the fourth paragraph Sprigg went on to say, “Social science has shown that children raised by their own biological mother and father, committed to one another in a lifelong marriage, are happier, healthier, and more prosperous than children in any other households.” (Gay Marriage). The reason I found that part to be senseless was because his article was supposed to be on gay marriage and reasons he didn’t agree with gay marriage. But Peter stating what he stated made me feel as if he went a bit off topic because yes, that can be true, children raised by their own biological mom and dad can be happy, but according to Gini, “In today’s world much has changed. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the divorce rate of first marriage is around 50 percent; second marriages are at 60 to 67 percent and third marriages are at 73 to 74 percent.” With that being said, I believe Peter stating what he said was a complete waste of time because in today’s world marriages barely last gay or straight. “Does society need children? Do children need a mom and a dad? The answer to both questions is Yes. Legalization of same-sex marriage would amount to a declaration that the answer to both is No. This would be a foolish and tragic choice." (Gay Marriage). There are many gay couples in the US that are raising children that are turning out fine. Yes society needs children, and there are many ways gay couples are able to have biological children. Therefore, being a homosexual couple does not mean that they are incapable of conceiving biological children. Even if the child isn’t their biological child, there are definitely other ways to raise children which include adoption. There are so many kids out there with young parents, who are not ready to be parents. "A 1995 National Health and Social Life Survey by E.O. Lauman found that up to nine million children in America have gay or lesbian parents. There were an estimated 300,000 to 500,000 gay and lesbian biological parents in 1976. In 1990, an estimated 6 to 14 million children have gay or lesbian parents. Latest statistics from the U.S. Census 2000, the National Survey of Family Growth (2002), and the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (2004) include: An estimated two million GLB people are interested in adopting. An estimated 65,500 adopted children are living with a lesbian or gay parent. More than 16,000 adopted children are living with lesbian and gay parents in California, the highest number among the states. Gay and lesbian parents are raising four percent of all adopted children in the United States. Adopted children with same-sex parents are younger and more likely to be foreign born.” (Craft). Another opponent against gay marriage is Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas. During a Dec. 9, 2008 interview on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart he stated, "Marriage still means one man, one woman, life relationship. I think people have a right to live any way they want to, but even anatomically, let's face it, the only way that we can...
Al Gini, (2012) http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-10/ever-changing-marriage-carousel-103197I chose this article because I needed to find some statics on divorce rates
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