Pro’ Gay Marriage There are many ways to describe marriage. There are legal definitions, biblical definitions, and personal definitions. Which one is the right definition? The decision of which definition is the right one depends on where you live and what you believe. There are many different types of unions that can be viewed as marriages. Comparing these different relationships gives insight to how relationships are formed and joined. Although marriage is just a civil union in the eyes of the government, it is so much more to the people involved. I feel that there is a rite of passage when forming a marriage. It is not just to form a union so that the government can give you benefits. I believe it is a gift from God when you find that person that makes your life better. Even if a person doesn’t believe in a higher power like Christianity does, a person’s natural instinct is to love and to be loved. It is normal that being loved makes a person feel good and become more secure. A marriage is supposed to have the foundation of love, trust, and forgiveness. I do believe same-sex couples should be able to get married because we live in a democracy, not a theocracy. For people to deny same-sex couples from marrying is discriminating, prejudice, and unreasonable. People who are against gay marriage will try to use the “One man and one woman" argument, (Eric Shepherd) forgetting that marriage was originally and still is a civil union that predates religion for over a thousand years. Marriage has evolved throughout history in today’s society. In ancient Egypt marriage was viewed as a special relationship between two people, one being male and the other female. Their relationship was viewed as a legal establishment. (Murrah) They wrote laws protecting this special relationship. Although there were laws that protected the marriage relationship, those laws were very broad regarding who could be married. The laws allowed people to marry their own brother or sister. It was not just siblings, but one could marry their uncle, aunt, mother, or father. In Babylon, marriage was a relationship set up through a contract. Prospective brides were put up for bidding. When the highest bidder purchased the bride, the marriage contract was written. The Hebrew culture by contrast established a different type of marriage laws. Their laws specified who could and could not be married. They did not allow the marriage of close familial relations. Many in the Hebrew culture viewed marriage in terms of a life-long covenant sealed in blood. The idea of gay marriage is what I would call a recent phenomenon. I say recent because it has only been in the past few years that activists in the country have become extremely vocal about legalizing gay marriage. What got the ball rolling was the first legally gay marriage in the United States, which was performed in San Francisco in 2004 between Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon who are gay rights activists. Since this marriage, as of January 6, 2014 gay marriage has been legalized in 17 states. (Thomas 1) After this first marriage the idea of homosexuals marrying became a trend that swept across the country. Many gay rights activists argue that it is the will and desire of the people in this country to legalize gay marriage. Ironically pro gay marriage legislation has failed to pass in all of the states where it has gone to a vote by the people and by a landslide margin at that. Why is it that so far the overwhelming majority of our country does not approve of having gay marriage legalized? Is it because our country is full of bigoted, gay bashing homophobes? I would not say that this is the case at all. The reason the people of the United States are against legalizing gay marriage is because of the effect it would have on our morals.
One of the primary reasons that the United States has become the most successful country in the world is because of how strong the family situation is and has been since the onset…
Ask just about anyone. They will all tell you they're in favor of equal rights for homosexuals. Just name the situation, and ask. They will all say, yes, gays should have the same rights in housing, jobs, public accommodations, and should have equal access to government benefits, equal protection of the law, etcetera, and etcetera. Nearly seventy percent of people in the U.S. oppose gay marriage, almost the same proportion as are otherwise supportive of gay rights.…
Straightforward : How to Mobilize Heterosexual Support for Gay Rights
by Ian Ayres, Jennifer Gerarda Brown
Every gay man and lesbian in America has at least two heterosexual allies willing to actively support their struggle for equality, hypothesize husband-and-wife law professors Ayres (Yale, and also a Forbes columnist) and Brown (Quinnipiac College). They argue that the hetero ally total is something like 20 million-all of whom would actively welcome "pragmatic advice" on how they can support…
The Fight for Same-Sex Marriage
Same-sex marriage is one of the most pressing issues facing state governments in America today. It polarizes people all over the country mainly because it touches not only on a political level, but also on a moral level. In a society where all men are created equal the question is why there are inequalities between people due to their choice of sexuality. It would be beneficial for state governments, not only economically, but also socially to make…
Pro & Con Arguments: "Should gay marriage be legal?"
PRO Gay Marriage
1.It is no one else's business if two men or two women want to get married. Two people of the same sex who love each other should be allowed to publicly celebrate their commitment (357 KB) and receive the same benefits of marriage as opposite sex couples. 
2.There is no such thing as traditional marriage. Given the prevalence of modern and ancient examples of family arrangements based on polygamy, communal child-rearing…
English 1301-RVS 8133
20 February 2013
“Should the Federal Government define marriage as a union between a man and a woman?”
The Federal Government should not define marriage as a union between a man and woman only. If the Federal Government amends the constitution to define marriage as only a union between a man and a woman it will be violating the Civil Rights of gay citizens. “Civil rights" are the rights of individuals to receive…
Introduction to Ethics & Social Responsibility
Dr. Craig Allen
September 10, 2012
Gay couples should be given the same opportunity as straight couples are given to get married. In the United States gay marriage has become an issue that has caused much controversy. Gay marriage has been in the media and all over the news for many years. Many states have given the voters the right to vote for or against gay marriage. A majority of people who…
Marriage should be about love . Speaking as A active member of the LGBT community , nobody should be denied the opportunity to marry the one they love . Happily , same-sex marriage has just been legalized in many other states . However , there are still people who would make judgements about others ? love and their rights . Someone going against or disagreeing with me would probably say something like “Marriage should be between a man and a woman” or “It’s against the bible.” My response to the…
and equal opportunity. Yet society still discriminates against gay people, and their right to marry. There are positive and negative reasons society thinks gay marriage should be legal or illegal. Gay marriage should be legalized because it gives same sex couples the same benefits as heterosexual couples, it is not a sin, and allows children to have families.
According to Merriam Webster dictionary the two definitions of marriage that are listed are : the state of being united to a person of…
declaration that marriage is supposed to be between a man and a women. They believe that gay people should not be married because God would not allow it, but the Bible also declares that the “sacred union of marriage should not be solved with divorce.”
00It’s not morally correct to tell two people who truly love and want to spend their lives together that they cannot be married. Many people would disagree with this statement however and would refer to the Bibles declaration that marriage is supposed…
What would wedding ceremonies be like if it was two people of the same sex being bonded in
holy matrimony? A part of society believes that a marriage should consist of two members of the
opposite sex, but there are sufficient arguments from various sources that state that a man and
man or a woman and woman should be allowed to be married under God and in a legal state of
the United States of America.
Gay marriage, in my opinion, should be allowed. It is a natural right of life that everyone goes…