The Controversial Dilemma of Gay Marriage
Marriage is defined as “The formal union of a man and a woman, typically recognized by law, by which they become husband and wife”. In our modern culture, the definition of marriage has changed. With the transition of same-sex marriage into our society, marriage can no longer be defined as a union solely between a man and a woman. Although same-sex marriage is not entirely permitted nationwide or even worldwide, it is recognized among us. “Gay Americans have been calling for the right to marry or at least to create more formalized relationships since the 1960s” (Masci). The issue is extremely controversial because of the beliefs each individual obtain. Majority of Americans believe in the traditional definition of marriage. However, many others believe that regardless of sex, individuals should be able to marry whomever they choose. Whether or not we choose to support or reject same-sex marriage, the topic will forever be debatable because of the conflicting opinions and moral beliefs each of us attain. A large portion of the society that opposes same-sex marriage is our religious community. According to John Edmiston a full time Christian Missionary, religious individuals believe that if God had intended the human race to be fulfilled through both heterosexual and homosexual marriage, he would have designed our bodies to allow reproduction through both means and made both means of sexual intercourse healthy and natural. Various studies can attest to the fact that homosexual behavior makes both men and women more vulnerable to disease and decreases lifespan. Moreover, The Bible reads that “each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband” (Corinthians 7:1-16). The bible also reads “In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion”...
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