Gay Marriage / Same- Sex Marriage
SOC: 120 Introduction to Ethics & Social Responsibility
April 22, 2013
What do you think when you see two guys walking down the sidewalk holding hands? Our society is based on improving and recreating to reach perfection. Yet there is this situation of "unnatural" marriage and most of our society wants it eliminated. If you think about the ethics of it though, you'll see that both sides have an equal argument in the dilemma. Gay Marriage has been talked about for decades and looked down upon. Denying a couple to marry because they are Gay is unconstitutional. Marriage should not be just a man and woman, as long as two people are in love. Marriage is a privilege and should be something two people do no matter of the sex.
America; the first thing that should come to your mind is a nation of peace and equality. But it's not, is it? We live in a nation of racism, sexism, and homophobia. Homosexuals get the worst of all the unfair treatment. Gays have been fighting for rights since the 1960's, maybe even before then, and yet today in 2010, those pleas for rights go unheard. I believe that we should allow same-sex marriage because banning it is unfair, love is all that matters in marriage, and gay families have certain family values that some straight marriages lack. “It might be suggested that the same-sex love of one person for another might prohibit the beloveds meeting the natural human end of continuance of the species” (Brown, 2006). The world is constantly changing and evolving. It isn't possible to stop this from happening, but it is possible to stand up for what is morally right and for what isn't. And now, we are faced with what many people feel is the "inevitable evolution" of marriage: legalizing homosexual marriages. Not allowing homosexual marriages to be recognized by the government and to be legal would prevent changing a fundamental institution, would prohibit breaching the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and would prevent unthinkable consequences. Marriage has been around for as long as anyone can remember. And after all this time, it has changed very little in the eyes of the law. Every major religion and culture has embraced marriage as a unique relationship between a man and a woman. By the numbers here is a look at same –sex marriage. “There are thirty- eight U.S. states that have banned same-sex marriage, either through legislation or constitutional amendments. There are six U.S. states that allow civil unions between same-sex couples, but not marriage. They are Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey and Rhode Island. There are nine U.S. states that allow same-sex marriages, along with the District of Columbia, which are Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia. However, due to the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal government does not recognize the same-sex marriages in these states” (Stark, 2013). There is an increase in same-sex households. “In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional to criminalize sodomy” (Stark, 2013). Also there are “115,064 of households in the United States with children, according to the U.S. Census Bureau” (Stark, 2013). Marriage is a privilege and should be something two people do no matter of the sex. The debate over whether same-sex marriage should be legalized has focused on the infringement of civil rights. State recognition of marriages is not a common right. States control marriages in many ways, not just by denying same sex gender the right to marry. Approximately half of all states deny first cousins from marrying and all deny marriage of closer blood relatives, even if the couple is sterile. In all fifty two states, it is illegal to try to marry more than one person. Some states may even deny a person who is suffering from venereal diseases the right to...
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