Same-sex marriage is something that many people have a strong opinion about. From the essay “What’s Wrong with Gay Marriage?” by Katha Pollitt, she states, “Gay marriage-it’s not about sex, its about the separation of church and state.” (572) In the very beginning of this essay though, Pollitt asks, “Will someone please explain to me how permitting gays and lesbians to marry threatens the institution of marriage?” (570) This concludes that Katha Pollitt obviously has the mind-set that same-sex marriage is acceptable and should be allowed, she does not see a problem with it. Reading this essay, there are points that are important to understand. One being, that there are more often than not, people that are only getting married because there is a baby on the way or they have already had a child. (Pollitt 571) This being said, getting married is simply too easy for its own good. “An eighty year old can marry an eighteen year old; a john can marry a prostitute; two terminally ill patients can marry each other from their hospital beds.” (Pollitt 572) This essay also states that the marriage of a man and women is “sacred”, and opening it to same-sex violates its sacral nature. (Pollitt 572) This point right here is unacceptable in the eyes of many. One might even go into protest over such a statement. Marriage is wholly owned by the state, not wholly owned by religion. It is
simply a separation of the church and the state. (Pollitt 572) Clearly Pollitt has a little something to say about same-sex marriage, stated in her very first sentence, “Will someone please explain to me how permitting gays and lesbians to marry threatens the institution of marriage?” (570)
“Gay “Marriage”: Societal Suicide” by Charles Colson believes that marriage is not a private institution designed solely for the individual gratification of its participants. (578) The outlook on this essay is a little bit different than that of “What’s Wrong with Gay Marriage?” Colson believes that children from broken homes are more likely to drop out of school, act up in school and have more social problems. (577) “Boys who grew up without fathers are at least twice as likely as other boys to end up in prison. Sixty percent of rapists and 72% of adolescent murderers never knew or lived with their fathers…Girls raised without a father in the home are five times more likely to become mothers while still adolescences.” (Colson 577) This is basically saying that it is more than likely for a child to grow up with psychological problems if they are missing their father figure in their lives than people raised with both parents present. “The family, led by a married mother and father, is the best available stricter for both child rearing and cultural health.” (Colson 578) Colson truly believes that same-sex marriage cannot be done simply because of the fact that the children are not put into perspective in that situation. There have been situations where one divorces their spouse only to find out it is because they would rather a same-sex marriage. In this case, they may have already had children that grew up just fine. One may argue that the divorce of a children’s parents will have
long term effects on them no matter what time in their life it happens, but Colson’s essay reassures that he believes otherwise.
These two essays by Pollitt and Colson are very similar, first off simply because they are about same-sex marriage. Pollitt has a type of view that anybody can be married to each other with little effort put in. After Pollitt says that about it being too easy to get married she says that marriage between a man and woman is sacred and that means that if you are putting together two people of the same sex, it ruins the sacred factor. (Pollitt) On the other hand, there is Colson and he writes about how families cannot be built with out two people of opposite sexes. Colson is completely for how people of the same sex should...
Cited: Pollitt, Katha. "What 's Wrong With Gay Marriage." Bedford Reader. 11th ed. Boston/
New York: Bedford/St. Martin 's, 2012. 1-728. Print.
Colson, Charles. "Gay “Marriage”: Societal Suicide." (n.d.): n. pag. Rpt. in The Bedford
Reader. 11th ed. Boston/New York: Bedford/St. Martin 's, 2012. 1-726. Print.
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