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Maggie Gallagher, an author, journalist, and Yale graduate, supports the affirmative case that same-sex marriage will hurt America. Jonathan Rauch, an author on gay marriage and a Yale graduate, supports the negative case. Both Jonathan and Maggie agree that same sex-marriage will contribute an important change to marriage, and that marriage is in serious trouble in America. Maggie claims that the change that same-sex marriage will have on marriage will have a negative effect, on the other hand Jonathan advocates that same-sex marriage will have a positive effect on marriage.
Gallagher begins her argument by stating that gay marriage divides into two sides. One side is that gay ...view middle of the document...

Rauch argues that if two people love each other they should be allowed to be married. He says the fundamental principle for marriage is a proposal, which makes you responsible for another human being, is does not matter if you are a same-sex or different-sex couples.
Rauch gives three reasons why same-sex marriage should be allowed: same-sex couples already live together, marriage will not be a discriminative government program, and since all men are created equally then same-sex couples should be treated the same as different-sex couples. He claims that the government cannot stop same-sex couples from living together, and that marriage would just legalize their marriage. His argument concerning a discriminative government is, why should the government have any right to dictate who gets married and who cannot. Finally Rauch believes that his last argument, that all men are created equal, says that this follows the golden rule, treat others as you would treat yourself. Rauch claims that if different-sex couples do not want to give up their marriages they should not require same-sex couples to give up their marriages. He says that do not give anyone else a standard that you would not give yourself.
Gallagher makes a better case, because she answered all of the questions thrown at her and asked Rauch very good questions. On the other hand, Rauch asked some good questions but he did not answer all of Gallagher’s questions. But one of the questions was hard to give to one side was the question of who does marriage benefit the children or the adults? Gallagher believes that marriage is supposed good for the children. She says that children...

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