Same – Sex Marriages (Argumentative)
A debate on same-sex marriages has been going on for centuries. There are many reasons for this debate, such as; religious, politics, parenting, psychological, and much more. It basically comes down to how a marriage has been defined from the beginning. However, the real question should be, who should be the ones to define marriage? Who should be able to tell someone who they can love and share the rest of their lives with? Who should it be to say what is best for a couples child/children? Religious beliefs feel that society will suffer if privileges are given to same-sex couples due to marriage results in birth of children. Homo-sexual couples are unable to reproduce children. However, a percentage of homosexuals or lesbians already have children from previous relationships. Also, there is the choice of having a sergeant or adoption. There are many children in adoption agencies waiting for a place to call home. Even though our fourteenth amendment reads “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States… Nor deny to any person within the jurisdiction the equal protection of laws.” However, many places has discriminated against gays and lesbians as citizens who have rights. They have been denied employment and education. After a congressman, a democrat from Massachusetts announced that he was gay, other doors began to open up for the gays and lesbian couples. In 1991, a black lesbian, Sherry Harris, was elected mayor of Seattle, Washington. Then, by the 90’s, U.S Companies as diverse as the Lotus Software Company, Levi Strauss, the Bottle Globe, and the Apple Computer had granted spousal benefits, such as health insurance, to the partners of homosexual employees. Also, during that same time, large U.S Corporations had formal nondiscrimination Policies covering gay men and lesbians. Many people believe children of homosexuals and lesbians cannot parent a child properly and teach them all the skills they need to grow. A mother knows more of the lady things a child should know and a father can assist with the man part of the teaching. However, wouldn’t a child/children be missing out on one side by being raised by a single parent? The 2000 U.S Census Bureau counted about six thousand same-sex couples sharing households. Children were living in 28 percent of these households. This means about more than two hundred thousand are living with two homosexual parents or two lesbian parents. The main issues these families face is the reactions of Society. There is nothing that states that children who are raised in gay or lesbian homes have more problems than any other child mentally, physically or emotionally. There is no psychological evidence that states that children raised in these homes are worse than any other child living in heterosexual homes. The main things are how they are treated by society or their peers. In today’s society, many children bully for many reasons. If there isn’t a reason, then a bully will make up one. Therefore, where someone is raised or who their parents are has nothing to do with the problem. The bullies are the problem! Marriage is a commitment you make in front of many loved ones and your state for the one you love. To make a bond for the rest of your life. A promise bigger than any other that could be made. Who gets to decide who someone experiences this with? Heterosexuals don’t have anyone making this decision for them. Therefore, what gives them the right to make the decision because someone sexual preference is different than they believe it should be? This timeline shows how far we have come and how long homosexuality has been around. The timeline goes back until 1969 but homosexuality actually goes back farther than that. Therefore, people can prove that since it goes back at least until the 1860’s it’s never going to go away....
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