Today, I’ll discuss about pros and cons of today’s controversy, my opinion and conclusion.
To give the simple summary of today’s pro and con, pro side argues that It is an individual freedom to chose whom will I marry, there will be more benefits for same sex couples when they marry, being homosexual is normal, not strange, it is minority discrimination to ban homosexual marriage, homosexual marriage don’t hurt anyone, marriage’s most important thing is love not other things, and show the benefit of the gay marriage. Con side argues that it is immoral, it weakens the definition of marriage, confuses children gender role, and there are problems when we allow this policy
Every people has same right to chose their spouse. The US Supreme Court ruled in 1974’s Cleveland Board of Education v. LaFleur that the "freedom of personal choice in matters of marriage and family life is one of the liberties protected by the Due Process Clause.” US District Judge Vaughn Walker wrote on Aug. 4, 2010 that Prop. 8 in California banning gay marriage was "unconstitutional under both the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses."
Many benefits are only available to married couples, such as hospital visitation during an illness, taxation and inheritance rights, access to family health coverage, and protection in the event of the relationship ending. An Oct. 2, 2009 analysis by the New York Times estimates that a same-sex couple denied marriage benefits will incur an additional $41,196 to $467,562 in expenses over their lifetime compared to a married heterosexual couple.
A simple and singular determinant for sexual orientation has not been conclusively demonstrated as various studies point to different, even conflicting positions. Some scientists hypothesize that a combination of genetic, hormonal and social factors determine sexual orientation. Biological theories for explaining the causes of sexual orientation are more popular, and biological factors may involve a complex interplay of genetic factors and the early uterine environment. These factors, which may be related to the development of a heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual or asexual orientation, include genes, prenatal hormones, and brain structure.
Everyone knows that discrimination is bad, but discriminations are happening in every part of the world. If we not allow gay marriage, it is minority discrimination. The Massachusetts Supreme Court wrote in an opinion to the state Senate on Feb. 3, 2004 that offering civil unions was not an acceptable alternative to gay marriage because "...it is a considered choice of language that reflects a demonstrable assigning of same-sex, largely homosexual, couples to second-class status."
The most important thing in the marriage is love, and the same-sex couples love each other same to heterosexual couples. Government should not stop people who love each other to marry.
The legalization of gay marriage benefits the society in variety of ways. First, it promotes equality and non-discrimination in society. This promotion of equality and non-discrimination plays an extremely important role in reducing homophobia and in affirming a minority group in society which has for so long endured significant discrimination and stigmatization. Legalizing same-sex marriage communicates to millions of people across the country that gay relationships are of equal value to straight relationships, thereby helping to reduce intergroup prejudice and supporting cultural diversity. Secondly, it promotes family stability and validates LGBT family units. Today's children represent America's future and it is in the country's best interest to support their development, regardless of whom they are parented by. Marriage, as an institution, helps to foster the wellbeing of children by providing married couples with various rights, benefits and protections which can strengthen relationship bonds and family units. Around the nation there are millions of children being raised in households led by same-sex couples, many of whom are denied the right to legally marry in their home state. Third, it provides economic and business opportunities. The legalization of same-sex marriage has consistently been shown to provide an economic boost to those states and countries that have embraced marriage equality. The marriage and wedding industry is a significant one. Allowing gay couples to marry provides businesses in this industry with a large and new market to access. Nearly $260 million was injected into the New York City economy in the year following the legalization of same-sex marriage. Gay marriage tourism benefits those regions which permit same-sex marriage by attracting gay couples from other states and countries where it is not legal.
Now, let’s talk about the con side. First, Gay marriage is immoral. Marriage is not just any relationship between human beings. It is a relationship rooted in human nature and thus governed by natural law. Natural law’s most elementary precept is that “good is to be done and pursued, and evil is to be avoided.” By his natural reason, man can perceive what is morally good or bad for him. Thus, he can know the end or purpose of each of his acts and how it is morally wrong to transform the means that help him accomplish an act into the act’s purpose. Any situation which institutionalizes the circumvention of the purpose of the sexual act violates natural law and the objective norm of morality.
Secondly, gay marriage weakens the definition of marriage, according to oxford dictionary, the formal union of a man and a woman, typically as recognized by law, by which they become husband and wife. There is no mention of homosexual, or same-sex, means that homosexuals doesn’t fit in the marriage.
Also, gay marriage confuses child the gender role. in the homosexual family, kids will have two father or two mother. That would confuse the kids about the gender roles.
Lastly, gay marriage lead to problems. Affirmative says that gay marriage is normal when you don’t have a prejudice, but if gay marriage become normal, first of all, birthrate will go down, because same-sex couple cannot get a child without adoption.
In my opinion, I believe that gay marriage should be legalized. Because every argument of pro seems right to me. And con’s argument just sounds silly. Everyone has right to choose their spouse, it happens biologically, in other words, unstoppable, the most important thing in marriage is love, we get benefit and they gets benefit. Therefore I strongly believes that gay marriage should be allowed.