Societies Immoral Proposal
As much as the world and America has evolved and developed in recent years, it is amazing how society still finds time to dehumanize and disregard the LGBT community. They endure the so much ridicule, especially when it comes to gay marriage making it legal. Is it just a religious issue, a personal issue across cognate minds, a political issue or is it just an ethical issue because it is not considered the norm? Whatever the case may be, religion and ethics play the most influential role in why this controversial topic is such a hard pill to swallow for most people. Ethics of Gay Marriage
So what is it that makes gay marriage so unethical? The answer to that is the same thing that made it “wrong” for African American’s to eat at the same restaurant or to sit at the front of a bus like someone who is white during the civil rights movement…Discrimination. It is some ones or in this case a large number of peoples personal and mostly religious beliefs that make this so unethical. Yes, in the bible it says that homosexuality is wrong and that marriage should be between one man and one woman, but does that have to apply to everyone? Not everyone believes that what is in the bible is fact. So how can Americans impose this on everyone? This is a free country, where we have freedom of speech and freedom of religion, so people should have the freedom to love whoever they want and to be with and marry whoever they want. There are so many opinions and sometimes-outrageous reasons that explain why gay marriage is so “unethical”. Most believe that legalizing gay marriage is the gateway drug that will lead to other issues that some people define as immoral. For instance, if gay marriage is legal throughout the United States then that may lead to people protesting to get polygamous marriages legal. In extreme case, there are some that believe that if it is allowed for a man to marry a man or a woman to marry a woman, who’s to say that someone may not try to marry an animal or some inanimate object. In a writing by Peter Sprigg sponsored by the Family Research Council titled “The Top Ten Harms of
Same-Sex ‘Marriage’” the following alleged “harms” are outlined.
1.Taxpayers, consumers, and
businesses would be forced to subsidize homosexual relationships.
2,Schools would teach that homosexual relationships are identical to heterosexual ones.
3.Freedom of conscience and religious liberty would be threatened.
4.Fewer people would marry.
5. Fewer people would remain monogamous and sexually faithful.
6. Fewer people would remain married for a lifetime.
7.Fewer children would be raised by a married mother and father.
8. More children would grow up fatherless.
9. Birth rates would fall.
10.Demands for legalization of polygamy would grow (bioethics.net). There are so many things wrong with these harms. The ones that stick out the most are number five and number seven. Number five has absolutely nothing to do with gay marriage. People are going to be people and regardless if this is legalized or not monogamy is brought on by gay marriage. People have been unfaithful in their marriages years before the legalization of marriage was brought to the forefront. When it comes to fewer children being raised by a mother and father in the household that may be a good thing. Obviously, without any external help a gay couple couldn’t have children that’s, why most adopt. There are so many children in not only America but in the around the world who need loving homes to go to and if it is a gay couple that can provide it then so be it. What is unethical is the fact that a couple is not truly recognized as a true couple because they have no rights. Their families are never considered whole because even though they may do everything together, in societies eyes they are still separate entities. Many benefits are only available to married couples, such as hospital visitation during an illness, taxation and inheritance rights,...
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