It is rooted in our traditional Western values that marriage is intended to be between man and woman. The dictionary defines it as the social institution under which a male and female establish their decision to live as husband and wife by legal commitments and religious ceremonies.1 I do not believe marriage should have an alternate definition. President George W. Bush once addressed our nation stating:
“The union of a man and woman is the most enduring human institution honored and
encouraged in all cultures and by every religious faith. Ages of experience have taught
humanity that the commitment of a husband and wife to love and to serve one another
promotes the welfare of children and the stability of society. Marriage cannot be severed
from its cultural religious and natural roots without weakening the good influence of
society.” I believe same-sex marriages have a negative impact on society. In my opinion there is nothing wrong with being gay. Although, I believe homosexual marriage is unlawful and immoral, and negatively impact society.
Same-sex marriage is legal in Canada, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Iceland, and South Africa. In the United States it is legal in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Washington D.C. States that recognize out-of-state gay marriages are New York and California. These states grant same-sex couples some of the same marriage rights as heterosexual couples. 1 Those rights include tax benefits, estate planning, government benefits, employment, medical benefits, and family benefits. A poll on gay marriage instituted by Pew Research Center indicated 41% of people strongly favor or favor it, 47% strongly oppose or oppose it, and 10% were unsure. Statisticians also predict a majority of Americans will support gay marriage by 2012.1 Public support of gay marriage has increased over the past few decades and is expected increase in the near future.
Studies on the benefits of natural marriage show that heterosexual marriage lengthens life spans. Natural marriage is proven to have positive impacts on society. Studies suggest it civilizes men, protects women and mothers, lengthens life spans, lowers welfare costs, and encourages an adequate replacement birthrate.2 Unmarried men are more likely to engage in violent behavior than married men. Single mothers and women are more than twice as likely to suffer from crime than married women. The United States has a birthrate of about 2.1 per couple. If it was any lower the nation could not sustain itself without immigration.2 Evidence demonstrates same-sex unions cause more health problems than man-woman unions. According to the Center for Disease Control:
“More than 82 percent of all known sexually-transmitted AIDS cases in 2006 were the
result of male-to-male sexual contact. Moreover gay and bisexual men account for more
than 60 percent of all syphilis cases.”2 Studies also indicate both gay and lesbians use more tobacco and drugs, and lesbians are at greater risk for cervical and breast cancer. It is proven that homosexuals have life expectancies twenty years less than the general population.3
Natural marriage versus same-sex marriage is an extremely timely topic considering how split the population is on their views. It is immensely controversial and people feel strongly on the issue. The debate on same-sex marriage presents many pros and cons. People who are pro gay marriage argue that if two people are in love no one should deny them the right to wed. They believe that love is the sole basis of marriage and legalization sends out a positive message. They presume that denying gays marriage is a form of minority discrimination. Author Joe Messerli indicates a pro standpoint on gay marriage:
“America was founded on the concept that the majority should rule but the rights of
minorities should be protected. It is the main reason we have a Bill of Rights as well as...
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