Should gay marriage be legalized?
Whether or not to legalize gay marriage is a very controversial issue at the present time. Homosexual relationships are increasingly gaining acceptance, however, these couples have not been allowed to marry. Gay marriage is marriage between two persons of the same biological sex (The conservation 2013). Careful consideration of some aspects of gay marriage, both positive and negative, is essential for the institution of marriage and the family values of society. Some people hold the view that gay marriage should be legalized, however, other people have the opposite view that gay marriage should not be legalized.
Gay marriage can encourage people to have strong family values and give up high-risk sexual lifestyles. Some people thought the problems related to sexuality in our society such as STD’s stem from carefree, frivolous lifestyles. In other words, having frequent, unprotected sex with many partners (Canberra times 2013). Marriage encourages people to settle down and to give up that type of lifestyle. Moreover, married people commit themselves to one partner and work to build a life together.
In addition, the number of child adoptions should increase because of gay marriage. Like many gay couples’ relationships, a same-sex marriage may needs a family. Gay couples cannot have children naturally. Therefore, this will likely increase the desire to adopt (Sydney Morning Herald 2013). There is no doubt that it is a good thing because so many children around the country are in need of adoption.
Despite these highly positive effects of gay marriage, there would be also several negative factors if gay marriage were legalized. Gay marriage would weaken the definition and the respect for the institution of marriage. “The 50 percent divorce rate in the world is already weakening the definition of marriage and we should not be taking further steps to define what marriage is,” some people said. Marriage is the most sacred...
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