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This paper explores the arguments against the marriage rights of gays and lesbians that include the slippery slope argument, the issue of the child rearing abilities of homosexuals and the contention that same-sex marriage weakens the institution of marriage. This paper highlights fallacies in these arguments and asserts that society has changed and the traditional institution of marriage needs to mirror reality.
From the Paper:"Opposition to same-sex marriages is largely based on personal prejudices that marriage should be between partners of different genders. However, marriage should not be legally defined as a heterosexual institution because this restriction violates the rights and freedoms of individuals guaranteed by the United States Constitution. Even as a personal matter, just because marriage has traditionally been a heterosexual institution, traditions must and do change with time and people should acknowledge the need for change. For example, slavery was once an accepted institution, but was abolished as society realized that it was morally wrong. Today, few would support the institution of slavery. Also, today, more and more people no longer have the religious beliefs that discourage support for same-sex marriages and no longer wish religion to influence the law.
"The slippery slope argument is frequently used by those who do not favor same-sex marriages. The rhetoric states that same-sex marriages open the door for other types of marriages such as polyamorous marriages, incestuous marriages and other objectionable unions and that will in turn eventually lead to a total breakdown of society. This is just a classic scare tactic that builds on prejudice and fear to make the change in marriage tradition so scary and horrible that the first step will never be taken (Lesbian and gay marriages)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Benne, R.and McDermott, G. (2004, February 19). Speaking out: Why gay marriage would be harmful." Christianity Today. http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2004/107/41.0.html
- Facts and figures about kids with gay parents. http://www.colage.org/research/facts.html
- Knight, R. H. Talking points on marriage. http://www.nogaymarriage.com/talkingpoints.html
- Lesbian and gay marriages. http://www.holisticwisdom.com/homosexual-gay-marriage.htm
- Same-sex marriages (SSM) & civil unions. http://www.religioustolerance.org/hom_marr.htm
Cite this Argumentative Essay:
Same-Sex Marriage: A Modern-Day Necessity (2012, March 29) Retrieved January 17, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/argumentative-essay/same-sex-marriage-a-modern-day-necessity-150674/
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