Gay Marriage and its Issues
Gay marriage has been an issue for a very long time and since some states are legalizing it, many worry that it would soon be added as an amendment. The topic of gay marriage brings up religious, legal, and many other issues. In "What's wrong with Gay Marriage?" by Katha Pollitt, the author supports gay marriage and wants it legalized. She states that there is no problem with gay marriage and it's all a matter of separating the church and state. But in “Gay ‘Marriage’: Societal Suicide,” by Charles Colson, the author opposes the idea of gay marriage and states that it will destroy society. Marriage is intended to unite a man and a woman together to bring children into the world, but due to the same-sex marriage, families are collapsing and crime is increasing (Gay “Marriage”: Societal Suicide 577). Both essays talk about the positive and negative sides of gay marriage and how it would or wouldn’t affect society.
In “Gay ‘Marriage’: Societal Suicide,” the author’s arguments were more effective and valid than the ones in “What's wrong with Gay Marriage?” because he states that marriage is supposed to be between a man and woman to bring children into the world. The incident in Norway, for example, when they imposed same-sex marriage, it brought in low birth rates. Society needs children because they are the founders of the future. Same-sex marriages not only affect birth rates but also affect crime rates. Children who grew up in families of only one parent most likely became delinquents and in prison. Having only one parent influences how the child is raised and how they behave in society. In “Gay ‘Marriage’: Societal Suicide” the author brings up how children who grew up in broken homes tend to have more behavioral and academic problems. Girls who are raised without fathers tend to become mothers at an early age while boys are more likely to drop out of high school.
The author, Katha Pollit, states in her writing that marriage should be allowed for same-sex couples. She claims that many people get married without the intention to have children. She brings fourth examples of how people get married when they shouldn’t be able to, like an eighty-year-old marrying an eighteen-year-old. The courts have been on the line of agreeing and disagreeing with same-sex marriage. Thirty one states have declared that marriage should be between heterosexual couples not same-sex couples. The author states that it should be legal since other people can easily get married like how two terminally ill patients can get married. The legal issues about gay marriage are not really defined in her writing because all she mentions is how fair it’s supposed to be, because gay people are people like the rest of us.
But in Charles Colson writing piece, he mentions that it’s an issue that Massachusetts has agreed with the same-sex marriage. He states that he is a supporter of the amendment and that same-sex marriage shouldn’t be allowed. If it’s...