RD of Synthesis Essay
“’til Death Do Us Part?”
How many people do you know with a girlfriend or boyfriend? Or that are married? I’m sure it’s a countless amount. But how many of those couples are same-sex couples? There are many same-sex couples across the world; however, many of those couples are facing a huge dilemma, not being able to get married. Gay marriage is banned in most areas of the world. This is an ethical issue that is these people face every day. If two people are in love, it shouldn’t matter what sex they are, as long as they are happy. So why is same-sex marriage illegal? And where is it legal? While researching same-sex marriage, the sources I came across each had a different point of view, a diverse take on this issue, and distinct information.
The first source used was written by Scott Bidstrup, a published author and a human rights advocate. He conducted a website titled “Gay Marriage, The Arguments and the Motives.” Bidstrup, who himself is a homosexual, and came out in the 1990’s when he was in his mid forties, wrote this page to explain his point of view as to why many people are against same-sex marriage. The page has a great deal of information broken down into separate sections. He discusses the concerns on homosexuality, arguments against gay marriage, reasons why people oppose it, civil rights issues, and anti-gay marriage propaganda efforts.
It is apparent that Scott Bidstrup is trying to persuade his audience to agree with his ideas. He relates to the topic being a homosexual himself, and uses his own beliefs and concerns to argue why same-sex marriage should be legal, along with factual information. Using his own personal experiences and feelings on the issue, he debates why he believes people are against gay marriage. One thing he states is the fact that there are so many people who are misunderstood about homosexuality in itself. Many people are afraid of the idea, and consider it disgusting and offensive, which turns them against it. His main purpose was to explain the misinterpretation and clarify specifics about “gay relationships and marriage, gay and straight” (Bidstrup). The author gives many details about how similar gay relationships are in comparison to straight relationships, and how both want the same things in life. Bidstrup emphasizes that “being gay is a part of that person’s core identity…and gay relationships are based on—mutual attraction, love and affection” (Bidstrup).
Bidstrup also listed various arguments people have on opposing gay marriages, such as marriage being for one man and one woman. He asks, “Who says who marriage is to be defined by” (Bidstrup)? Stating that it’s not a convincing reason and it’s “like an expression of prejudce [sic] than any kind of real argument” (Bidstrup). Furthermore, he makes a case as to the issue of marriage being for procreation; stating that “infertile couples are allowed to marry” everyday (Bidstrup). Procreation is one of the main issues that is...