Gay Marriage: It’s all in the Wording
In the United States, gay marriage has been a subject that most politicians in the limelight try to avoid due to its controversial stigma. Many Americans would argue that every individual has the freedom and right to marry; that same-sex marriages would be beneficial to the economic growth and development of our nation. Going beyond the religious argument, same-sex marriage is not a civil right, nor should the privileges be denied to a specific group of individuals. In Evan Wolfson’s essay, “What is Marriage?” he takes a civil right standpoint on the same-sex marriage debate and states that the union between two partners is a essential part of life and shouldn’t be denied to any individual whether he/she be homosexual or heterosexual. Stripping rights away from an individual based on their sexual orientation doesn’t seem American. The United States takes pride in its freedom it offers its citizens and is a melting pot of hundreds of different cultures, beliefs, and ethnicities. All of which has the same rights and privileges as anyone else.
In heated debates, the religious perspective on the subject has clouded the argument whether homosexuals should obtain the right to marry or not. Most religions see marriage as a foundation to their beliefs and take offence at the thought of degrading its sanctity by allowing same-sex couple’s access to it. “Second, the justices said, marriage has for many people an important spiritual or religious dimension” (Wolfson 103). In the United States, Christianity seems to be the overwhelming religion that’s against same-sex marriages. “Proponents of gay marriage think their view is the latest expression of enlightened humanitarianism. That means people who believe in the sanctity of traditional marriage may soon wind up on the wrong side of "enlightened” bigotry” (Forman). Persevering the meaning and definition is the primary reason anti-gay marriage advocates argue on the subject. As long...
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