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This paper examines and analyzes differing opinions about gay marriage. Both the pros and cons of same-sex unions are discussed, and the paper does not take a stand either way. First, the paper presents the arguments opposing gay marriage. The primary position it cites is that in the Western tradition, marriage is between a man and a woman, and that it is a sacred religious rite. Then, it addresses the viewpoint of proponents of gay marriage, who point out that marriage has a role outside of religion,and gay marriage is a civil rights issue. Other perspectives are from both camps are presented in the paper. The paper concludes by considering the role of governments when in comes to gay marriage.
From the Paper:"Of course, proponents of gay marriage argue that allowing gay marriage actually strengthens the institution of marriage by reducing the number of unmarried couples that are cohabitating. They suggest that gay marriage cannot undermine an individual marriage. They also point to issues like domestic violence, adultery, and the already high divorce rate to suggest that the institution of marriage is already in significant trouble and that any incidental damage that gay marriage might do to heterosexual marriage would not compare to the damage that heterosexuals have already done.
"Finally, proponents of gay marriage suggest that gay marriage is a civil rights issue. The Fourteenth Amendment clearly prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender. Permitting a man to marry a woman but not permitting a woman to marry a woman is clearly discriminating against women on the basis of gender. The fact that any person, regardless of gender, is free to marry as long as they choose a partner of the opposite sex does nothing to argue against discrimination. After all, anti-miscegenation statutes did not forbid blacks from marrying, just from marrying whites, but they were found to violate the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause because they discriminated on the basis on race."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Cline, Austin. "Common Arguments Against Gay Marriage: Moral and Religious Arguments." Agnosticism/Atheism. 2010. About.com. 3 Feb. 2010 <http://atheism.about.com/od/gaymarriage/p/ContraGayMarria.htm>.
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