Gay Marriage Argumentative Essay by writingsensation

Gay Marriage
An argument in favor of legalizing gay marriage in the U.S.
# 67942 | 2,200 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2006 | US

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This paper argues that marriage for same-gendered couples should be legalized because: (1) It is necessary for the protection of both the individuals involved and their children, (2) it is natural and with some historical precedence and (3) there are no logical reasons to disallow it. The paper begins by discussing the legal, social and economic rights that are conferred to a married couple, extrapolating that by prohibiting same-sex unions, states are inherently discriminating against gay couples. Next the paper provides examples of historical precedent for the legalization or sanctification of same-sex marriages, dating back to the first century. The paper concludes by refuting some of the current arguments against same-sex marriage, suggesting that most opponents are merely rabid homophobes.

From the Paper:

"Marriage determines who is allowed hospital visitation and who may make medical decisions for an individual and their children. A partners or non-biological adult child of a homosexual individual would not be allowed to visit them in the hospital or make decisions which would then be left up to biological family members -- who, in many cases, are no longer on good terms due to their relatives orientation. Children may not be able to recieve visitation or medical input from both caretakers, as well. Health insurance and family leave are also potent issues -- partners and their children are generally not covered in employee benefits, which means that the children in a gay union may not have medical insurance in only one parent works and the other stays home. Additionally, as couples age they will find that most nursing homes do not allow same-gendered couples to stay together, though married couples are allowed this privilege."

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