Gays Have a Right to Marry
Every teen faces that time when their parent or parents choose to tell them about sex. Well, what if it happened that instead of sex your parents chose to tell you about the injustice of not letting people in the gay community marry. If this was to happen, then there would be a better understanding of gay relationships and their want to get married. This would more then likely lead to the ending of the ban on gay marriages.
In his essay “Let Gays Marry”, Andrew Sullivan, who happens to be a homosexual male, tells of how he feels that gays should not be denied the privilege of marriage. In the essay Sullivan says ”It’s the same reason anyone wants to get married” about why gays want the right to marry. He feels that if you find the person you love enough to be with for the rest of your life you should be allowed to marry them. “And we want to commit to that person in front of our family and country for the rest of our lives. It’s the most simple, the most natural, the most human instinct in the world. How could anyone seek to oppose that?”
The intended audience for this essay is anyone who reads the magazine Newsweek and those who are curious about the reasons pertaining to gay marriages. His essay even sparked another essay written and published in the same the issue of Newsweek debating the ideas presented in Sullivan’s article.
Some people don’t feel the same as others when it comes to gay and lesbian rights, especially when it comes to marriage. This leads to many disagreements and bans on marriage for gay or lesbian couples.
The essay is rhetorically successful because Andrew Sullivan uses ethos to his advantage. He shows how the truer side of love will always prevail, even for those who want to marry and cannot. He even goes as far as to quote the dictionary to show that the meaning of marriage is ever changing and will always be that way. He basically attacks the emotional side of everyone reading the article. He does this by using his words to show them how hurt gays and lesbians are when they cannot wed. “And what we seek is not some special place in America...