Gay marriage is a topic that is heavily debated in this day and age. Whether or not it should be legal for homosexuals to get married is a theme that authors Andrew Sullivan, who wrote “For Gay Marriage” and William J. Bennett, who wrote “Against Gay Marriage” use in there articles. The main points the authors both discus is the meaning of marriage itself, the social impact same sex marriage will have on society, and the influence on children and teens. Although, the authors have similar themes disused in their topics, there are more differences in how they view same sex marriage.
One of the main topics discussed in both of the articles is the meaning of marriage. Sullivan describes marriage as a “social and public recognition of a private commitment” (pg.267). Marriage is a highly familiar public recognition of personal integrity that can be shared between anyone even same sex couples (Sullivan, 267). Sullivan argues that marriage is an “emotional, financial, and psychological bond between two people” (pg.267). This expresses the overall opinion of the article that marriage is not only for a man and a woman, but also for anyone who can have that bond with another person. On the other hand, Bennett believes that marriage should be between a man and a woman. Bennett argues, “Recognizing the legal union of gay and lesbian couples would represent a profound change in the meaning and definition of marriage”, with this statement Bennett claims that if same sex marriage was to be legal, it would change the whole meaning of marriage itself making it different for even a man and a woman to get married. The idea of marriage itself is not supposed to change, it is already a fragile thing that can’t be bent out of shape to fit in same sex marriage (Bennett, 271). Same sex marriage would change the view on marriage; it would change it for the better. Gay and lesbian couples deserve to...
Please join StudyMode to read the full document