Dr. J. Onega
22 March 2013
It is unbelievable that our American Society is still having a debate about same-sex marriage. By denying same-sex partners the right to marry, the United States government is discriminating against them and their ability to access the social, legal, and economic benefits available exclusively to lawfully married couples. Banning same-sex marriages is nothing more than a violation of civil rights and the Supreme Court has already ruled that separate can never be equal. The Fourteenth Amendment to our nation’s constitution prohibits discrimination against a particular group of people because of their race or religion, however, homosexuals are denied the right to marry based on their sexual orientation. Same-sex couples face a number of unfair disadvantages due to the fact that they cannot legally marry and this situation must be remedied. Same-sex marriages should be legalized in every American state.
The number one reason most people disagree with same-sex marriages is that all major religions consider homosexuality a sin and that marriage is traditionally between one man and one woman. The First Amendment of the American Constitution protects every human being’s religious beliefs, or lack thereof. Marriage by the state is a secular activity. A marriage license originates from the county or municipal clerk, not a church, and the officiant acts as a representative of the state regardless of their religious background. There can be no religious argument against gay marriage allowed and the government cannot make laws based on religious beliefs. For hundreds, if not thousands, of years most cultures have defined marriage as the union between one man and one woman. The idea that gay marriage is a violation of an American tradition is unfair, false and old fashioned. Past American traditions included slavery, denial of rights to women, and racism. American history is full of stories of pioneers who fought to shatter these “traditions” and fight for expanding human rights and our country has been consistently better off because of it.
Many in opposition of same-sex marriage argue that the purpose of marriage is to procreate and that gay and lesbian couples are unable to produce children in the natural way. They fear that gay or lesbian marriages deny the primary purpose of marriage, which is the continuation of the human race and raising of children. A California Supreme Court ruling from1859 stated, “the first purpose of matrimony, by the laws of nature and society, is procreation” and there is a concern that the human population will dwindle if same-sex marriages are legalized. If one were to seriously consider this argument, marriage law would change drastically. Infertile couples would never be permitted to marry whether the infertility is due to age, health problems, or sterilization. Laws would be passed that would prohibit married couples from remaining childless voluntarily. Contraception and abortion would have to be outlawed and couples would be required by law to adopt orphaned children without stable homes or families. This reasoning is ridiculous; procreation is not the sole purpose of a marriage. The law allows elderly couples, infertile persons, and prisoners to be married although they are unable to produce a child. In our modern society marriage actually has very little to do with procreation. Gay and lesbian couples are going to adopt or have children if they want them whether or not they are married. Unmarried straight people have children and there are numerous heterosexual couples who simply choose not to have children.
Those who oppose same-sex marriage argue that children of gay or lesbian parents cannot possibly receive a “normal” upbringing and are more likely to experience social and emotional problems due to their non-traditional family situation. There is a concern that these children will be...
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