Same Sex Marriage
The topic of same sex marriage is one that causes great debate in today’s society. There are many views on weather it should or should not be allowed and the effects it could have on the United States if it were allowed. The debate has been an ongoing one and as more states begin contemplating legalization the debates have become more heated. In an article written by Katha Pollitt, entitled What’s Wrong with Gay Marriage? , she argues for the legalization of same sex marriage making a multitude of valuable points. In an opposing article entitled Gay “Marriage”: Societal Suicide by Charles Colson her argues in opposition against same sex marriage using statistics and history to make his valid points. Both writers argue their points exceptionally but Pollitt’s essay is the better one as it is incredibly fair and reasonable and argues the opposition’s points perfectly. In the article by Pollitt she strongly argues the rights of gay marriage. Pollitt’s biggest problem is with societies current definition of marriage. The fact that there is an argument saying marriage is all about procreation makes no sense. She believes that marriage should just be a symbolic uniting of two people that wish to unite and share their love and lives. She uses a great point arguing how love in marriage is a relatively new thing. She argues this point asking the reader to remember the times of arranged marriages, times when men openly had many wives, and that gay marriage would be much better than all of those things. She goes on to talk about how anyone else in the world can get marries, so why not gays? She expresses her distaste in marriage in general but that it should at least be proper and equal. In the article written by Colson he makes a strong statistical argument about how children with no mother are more likely to commit crimes and end up in jail. He makes a compelling argument but does not include his thoughts on lesbian marriages. Colson insists that...
Cited: Kennedy, X. J., Dorothy M. Kennedy, and Jane E. Aaron. The Brief Bedford Reader. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin 's, 2006. Print.
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