The Endless Controversy of Gay Marriage
Gay marriage has been the cause of intense debate in the United States for years. Sexual activity within the same gender was something that was considered normal in Greek and Roman times but in today’s society, there is a great amount of controversy concerning sexual activity between homosexuals and same-sex marriage. A couple of reasons why gay marriage has become so controversial is because of religion, the issue of procreation, and the concern for children who are raised in same sex house-holds. Although there are a great deal of people who find gay marriage to be considered a negative idea, there is also a significant amount of people who are for gay marriage and would like gay marriage to be legal in the United States. According to The Associated Press 3/27/13, a “Pew Research Center poll” that took place in March shows that the number of people in America who approve gay marriage are up to forty-nine percent and there is forty-four percent of people who do not approve (par.6). These percentages show that both sides of opinion come close in number and when there is a great amount of differences in opinion on one given subject, conflict will certainly arise.
In regards to the controversy within religion, the church and its teachings have a lot to do with the negative opinions of gay marriage. Some religions that are against gay marriage include Catholics, Seventh-Day Adventists, and Mormons. There are many statements in The Bible that Villa2
say marriage is between a man and a woman which is why several religious persons reject gay marriage and believe it to be a sin. For example, in The Bible, Jesus Christ says “Haven't you read,' he replied, 'that at the beginning the Creator "made them male and female," and said, "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh?" So they are no longer two, but one” (Matt 19:46, NIV). Another example from a religious group that criticizes gay marriage is from the Congregation for The Doctrine of The Faith, Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons ,published by Joseph Card. Ratzinger and Angelo Amato, “Legal recognition of homosexual unions or placing them on the same level as marriage would mean not only the approval of deviant behaviour, [sic] with the consequence of making it a model in present-day society, but would also obscure basic values which belong to the common inheritance of humanity. The Church cannot fail to defend these values, for the good of men and women and for the good of society itself” (par.28). The publishers of this doctrine were ordered to publish this doctrine by the priest, John Paul II.
The opinions above are only a few of the many negative opinions and justifications that the church gives for gay marriage. The church is a huge influence in society and if the church had the opposite opinion and were supportive of gay marriage, there would surely be a significant amount of people who would also change their mind about gay marriage. In addition, most religions believe that sex is only right if it is between a man and a woman who are married which of course would make sex between homosexuals unjust. Gay marriage would be thought of as sinful within religions even if gay marriage was legal because of this belief. Lastly, gay Villa3
marriage is controversial within religions because marriage is thought of as holy and if we do not follow God’s laws on marriage, there is a belief that marriage will no longer be sacred.
Another reason why gay marriage is so controversial is because of the issue of procreation. According to Valerie Rohy, in the article, On Homosexual Reproduction,” Kelly Hollowell urges her readers to take a “Darwinist” view, to consider the “theory of evolution,” to acknowledge the importance of “propagation of a species, “and thereby to recognize that “same-sex marriage...
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