The Argument over Gay Marriage
With the increasing popularity of legalizing gay marriage, many agree and many oppose the issue. Andrew Sullivan, a gay rights activist argues, “Marriage is not simply a private contract; it is a social and public recognition of a private commitment… Denying it to homosexuals is the most public affront possible to their public equality”(266). On the other hand, William J. Bennett believes, “Recognizing the legal union of gay and lesbian couples would represent a profound change in the meaning and definition of marriage. It would be the most radical step ever taken in the deconstruction of society’s most important institution. It is not a step we ought to take”(271). There are many good points opposing gay marriage, as well as there are to legalize it. However the good outweighs the bad in this situation. There are just too many reasons to legalize it in today’s society. There are four main concerns to gay marriage; religion and morals, children rights, education, and human rights. It is appalling to me that in this day and age America still will not accept the marriage of homosexuals.
Andrew Sullivan argues that the definition of marriage is between a man and a woman. He states, “The center of the public contract is an emotional, financial, and psychological bond between two people; in this respect, heterosexuals and homosexuals are identical”(266). Both homosexual and heterosexual marriages have the same traits; two people of different genders are not needed for the marriage to be functional. William Bennett believes the function of marriage has no room to stretch. He believes it will broaden the groups of people wanting to get married. “How could they explain why we ought to deny a marriage license to a bisexual who wants to marry two people”(272)? Bennett uses an unrealistic approach to his argument. When has it ever been an issue that we have heard of something like this happening? Even if it were to happen, it...
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