Siena Heights University
Professor Angela Pinkett
Making gay marriage legal or illegal continues to be the hot topic that most people talk about. It is currently one of the most divisive political issues in our nation. We all have strong opinions regarding this issue and I personally have not found anyone that doesn’t. The history of gay marriage is rich. Evidence exists that same-sex marriages were tolerated in parts of Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt. Artifacts from Egypt, for example, show that same-sex relationships not only existed, but the discovery of a pharaonic tomb for such a couple shows their union was recognized by the kingdom. I’m personally against this for many reasons. First is because of religion condemning such act. Gay marriage is prohibited in the three main religions (Islam, Christianity and Judaism). Second reason is that kids need their biological parents (mother and father). As we know gay parents can’t have kids; therefore they adopt kids. A research done by Millennium Cohort explained that living apart from natural parents can be associated with poverty and negative outcomes for children. They give examples that dads can help in preventing drug usage by kids and the moms help in kids’ personal problems. However, this divisive issue has two sides to it which I hope to shed some light on. Supporters of gay marriage have fought a long battle. They hope in the next years, gay marriage will be legal in all states, and they hope to see it as Dr. Martin Luther King once dreamed we would see marriage between whites and blacks-a completely normal. Currently, it is legal in 36 states. In my research, a lot of supporters quote Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he said, “marriage is a basic human right. You cannot tell people they cannot fall in love.” While he said this in reference to marriage between races, they feel like the same can be said about homosexuals. Who are we to allow some people to get married, and tell others they cannot. Supporter of gay marriage always have good counter arguments to people that oppose their cause. When people say “gay marriage harms the institution of traditional marriage,” they reply by saying “The legal rights and benefits of heterosexual couples are completely unaffected by the existence of gay marriage. It’s not as if straight couples suddenly start loving each other less or start treating their kids worse once gay people start getting married”. Second example is when the opposition mentions that “Marriage has always been between a man and a woman. Legalizing gay marriage would be changing thousands of years of tradition” they counter that with the fact that a lot of things were “always that way” before they were changed. For example dictatorial rule by kings and emperors. Third example is when opposition mentiones that “If we legalize gay marriage, it’s a slippery slope to polygamy, incest, and/or bestiality” they reply by saying “ One of the most popular argument opposition of gay marriage use is that the purpose of marriage is to procreate, and same-sex couples can’t have children. Pro-gay marriage reply with “So should we also prohibit straight couples from getting married if they’re biologically incapable of having kids? What about if they simply don’t want kids?” Another common argument that those in favor of gay marriage often deal with is when the opposition says “Children raised by a mother and a father are more emotionally well-adjusted than those raised by same-sex parents,” they reply by saying that there isn’t enough or reliable studies that show this. Another common argument is when opposition asks “If same-sex marriage is legal, religious institutions that oppose gay marriage will be unfairly forced to marry gay couples” Pro-marriage response is “Legalizing gay marriage won’t have any bearing on what churches, or other religious institutions, can...
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