Same-Sex Marriage Should Be Legalized
Same-Sex Marriage Should Be Legalized
In the United States, same-sex couples did not have the right to legally marry one an other until 2004. “Massachusetts began to allow same-sex marriage for residents of that state... Legal marriage also carries the intangible but envy important benefit of conveying to the world that the couple involved is truly a family” (Andryszewski, 2008, p. 8). Yet, as society places an increasingly high emphasis on basic human rights, and becomes more open-minded in terms of marriages, same-sex marriage has drawn attention and become a hot topic for debate. As of Nov. 12, 2014, 33 states in the United States have legalized same-sex marriage, among which twenty-two are by court decision, eight are by state legislature and three are by popular vote. In the meantime, seventeen states have continued to resist abolishing the ban on gay marriage, as stated in both Constitutional Amendment and State Law (Anonymous, 2009). Doubtlessly, there are proponents and opponents when dealing with the legalization of same-sex marriage. Advocates argue, “same-sex couples should have access to the same marriage benefits and public acknowledgment enjoyed by heterosexual couples. They also argue that prohibiting gay marriage is unconstitutional discrimination” (ProCon.org, 2008), while “opponents argue that altering the traditional definition of marriage as between a man and a woman will further weaken a threatened institution and that legalizing gay marriage is a slippery slope that may lead to polygamous and interspecies marriages” (ProCon.org, 2008). Both supporters and opponents of homosexual marriage have sufficient reasons to support their point of views, as their arguments are cogent in nature. Thus, since both sides have arguments that are rooted in logical reasoning, it is hard to assess from the initial opinion which side is correct. Same-sex marriage should be legalized because it is a fundamental human right, it is no different than heterosexual marriage, and continuing to not allow it would increase the risk of psychological problems in many. First, partnership is a fundamental need of all human beings. Partnership can be defined as any human-to-human intimacy. However, having a partner does not entail the kind of sexual orientation of either person involved by definition. It is an important human right to be able to decide a partner, and in many cases thus whom to marry. Rather than being restricted or forced to choose a heterosexual partnership, it should be up to the individual on what they prefer. Human beings propose for marriage out of the internal emotion known as love; as long as the couple loves one and other, and are jointly willing to take the responsibility of marriage, it is their basic right to choose whom to marry. It is what is asserted in our constitution that people are free in this democratic nation. According to Goetting (2013), “marriage is a socially valuable institution… The right of all people, and to marry the person of one's choice, is a fundamental right and a necessary aspect of human happiness…. Gay people are both actually gay and actually free people to whom the Constitution applies. The human race isn't comprised entirely of straight people” (p. 138). In the United States, where gay marriage has not been officially recognized or legalized nation-wide, those who fall under the categories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) are being deprived of their right to choose a partner that the nation will officially recognize, which is not fair to them (ProCon.org, 2008). For them, it is just a matter of personal preference to choose whom they love; this is not even a matter of morals or ethics, it is just what they decided upon. Thus the basic human right and nature to choose a partner should not be dictated and restricted by government: It is a choice to be made by those it...
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