UC Merced, Spring 2014
WR 10, Section 08
Equal Rights for All
What is marriage? Recently, people argue with respect to the definition of marriage. The definition of the word marriage is a topic that often comes up when discussing same-sex marriages. To get married is a very important event for almost everyone. Many people believe that getting married to the one whom he or she loves is natural. However, what do you think if you cannot get married to him or her because it is socially unacceptable? There are numerous opinions and standing views on same-sex marriage. The argument regarding same-sex marriage should be legalized or not is extremely controversial.
The argument against same sex marriage is one founded in religion and personal values. As the majority of religions deem homosexuality as a sin, those opposing do not want to formally recognize a relationship or lifestyle they see as sinful and wrong. They argue that same-sex marriages undermine the institution of marriage itself because the institution of marriage should apply only to unions between one man and one woman. They believe allowing same-sex marriages will only lead to continued decline of moral value in America.
Proponents argue that homosexuals should have access to the same marriage benefits and public acknowledgment enjoyed by heterosexual couples and that prohibiting same-sex marriage is unconstitutional discrimination. They have built their arguments around the concept of equality in America. As this country was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, they believe it is hypocritical to deny the rights of homosexuals.
One thing to keep in mind is that marriage is a special thing and should be entitled to everyone. The only thing that matters in a marriage is love and anyone is able to produce that. In America, we are known for our strong value of freedom and equal rights. Therefore, the right to marry should be applied to every American no matter what. The freedom of being with whoever you choose to be with should not be taken away from any American either.
The most basic argument presented by same-sex marriage opponents purports that marriage between two people of the same sex is "not natural" and is in violation of the "natural order." Therefore, homosexuality would be unnatural. Another main argument refers to the Bible, the "sinful" nature of homosexuality, and "religious beliefs" are regularly made by those who seek to rationalize their support of discrimination via religion. Marriage is a religious institution, they argue, and not one for society to tamper with.
There are a good number of reasons as to why same-sex marriage should not be accepted. There are a few arguments that I can comply with. It being so unnatural due to tradition is a very important part for many people, which is why they are uncomfortable with changing. Most families have parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc that contain one mother...