A Debate on Gay Marriage
Same-sex marriage has become one of the most argumentative topics in American society. One portion of the population is pro gay marriage, while the other is strongly against it. This continuous argument lead to a debate titled “A Debate on Gay Marriage” where Andrew Sullivan, in “For Gay Marriage”, summarizes some of the reasons why he feels that gay marriage would be a constructive step in American society. In contrast, William J. Bennett, in “Against Gay Marriage”, argues that legalizing gay marriage would in fact be detrimental to American society. The two authors disagree on the impact of gay marriage on children, the impact of gay marriage on society, and finally on their definition of marriage. A comparison of Sullivan’s and Bennett’s arguments highlights both sides of the debate on gay marriage and explains why this debate is occurring.
Both Sullivan and Bennett discuss about the impact gay marriages have on children. Sullivan sees the legalization of gay marriage as beneficial for children of homosexual parents and possibly constructive for gay children. He says that, “a law institutionalizing gay marriage would merely reinforce a healthy trend” (268). He thinks that this institution would form a healthier view for children with gay parents and a stable ground for them to walk on. Sullivan tackles the conservative belief that having gay parents possibly causes the collapse of stable family life by saying that “…there is no evidence that shows any deleterious impact on a child brought up by two homosexual parents…” (268). He continues by mentioning that there is “…considerable evidence that such a parental structure is clearly preferable to single parents or no effective parents at all…” (268). He believes that legalizing same-sex marriages will be fundamentally productive in providing “…role models for young gay people, who, after the exhilaration of coming out can easily lapse into short-term relationships and insecurity...
Cited: Bennett J. William. “Against Gay Marriage.” Writing and Reading across the Curriculum. Ed.
Laurence Behrens and Leonard J. Rosen. Boston: Longman, 2011. 271-273.
Sullivan, Andrew. “For Gay Marriage.” Writing and Reading across the Curriculum. Ed.
Laurence Behrens and Leonard J. Rosen. Boston: Longman, 2011. 266-269.
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