Gay Marriage and Adoption: Good or Bad?
Gay marriage is one of the, if not the most, discussed topic in today’s society. Like every subculture, gays have their distinctive norms, social practices, and, vocabulary. Thus as caused them to be subject of discrimination throughout history. Conservatives and religious people who don’t believe that homosexual couples should be allowed to be united by law or any other institution have been putting pressure in on the government to prevent the creation of laws in favor of same sex couples. If you look the word marriage in the dictionary this what you’ll get: “marriage (n). The formal union of a man and woman, typically organized by law, by which they become husband and wife” (Merriam-Webster, Marriage). If you want to own a property, you have to buy it legally (often a complicated process) and pay applicable taxes or it will cease to be yours. If you want to be a driver, you must prove you can drive safely and see adequately; if you disobey the rules or lose your sight, your license may be revoked. By contrast, few (if any) behaviors automatically end marriage. If a man beats a woman-about the worst thing he can do to her- he may be convicted for assault, but the marriage is not automatically dissolved (Rauch, 14). Some couples can have an open marriage (considered to be adulterous) yet still be married. They can be celibate and consummation is not a requirement. If you are charged with a felony, you lose the right to vote or take any legal action, and yet, you are able to marry, even on your way to the electric chair. Still conservatives and religious members of Congress have denied every attempt to legalize same sex marriage. Gay activists have said, "Marriage is for love and we love each other, therefore we should be able to marry." Traditionalists have said, "Marriage is for procreation, and homosexuals don’t procreate, therefore, they should not be able to marry” (Rauch, 2004) This fight went for years until 1993,...
Bibliography: Gay Marriage, Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America, Jonathan Rauch. 2004
The Complete Adoption & Fertility Legal Guide, Brette McWhorter Sember, 2004
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