Should Same-Sex Marriage Should Be Legal

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With many cases being brought to The Supreme Court as of late, same sex marriage has been a major topic of discussion. Ayn Rand once said, "The political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities." That is to say that voting on a person’s rights should not be allowed. Yet, same sex marriages are still considered illegal in 40 states due to majority vote. Should same-sex marriages be legal? There are those who could argue either side judiciously, but who is right? I intend to explore both sides of the marriage argument from a legal, economic, and religious standpoint and defend my stance as a supporter of equality for all.

When the topic of morality surrounding homosexuality gets brought up, there are many who believe it to be sinful and an abomination in the eyes of God. This is the main opposition to the union of homosexual couples. Leviticus 18:22 states "Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable" (New International Version Bible Leviticus 18.22). The Bible plainly states that homosexuality is a sin and even goes on to say "If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads" (Leviticus 20.13). Homosexuality is not just a sin, but is punishable by death where The Bible is concerned. Genesis 1:2 says, "Be fruitful and multiply." The morality issue aside, the purpose of marriage is for two people (of opposite genders) to have children and build a family. Same-sex couples are not capable of multiplying and therefore should not be able to get married. Despite their inability to have biological children together, homosexual couples do have options for building a family through surrogacy, in-vitro fertilization, and even adoption. Denying gay couples the right to marry may not prevent children from growing up in gay homes; however, it will diminish the chances for adoption. What effect would having two parents of the same sex have on a child, if any?

An article published in the American Sociological Review claims children who grow up in households with two parents of the same gender are more prone to gender confusion, homosexuality, molestation at the hands of their parents, depression, and being ostracized by peers(Stacey and Biblarz 161). Allowing children to be subjected to such risks is inexcusable. If homosexuals are able to wed, then their ability to adopt would be magnified greatly, paving the way for even more homosexuals to be born and raised, allowing the vicious cycle to continue. It then stands to reason that since homosexual couples cannot have biological children without assistance from an outside party, they should not be allowed children at all; therefore, adoption, and by extension marriage, should be illegal due to the detrimental effects it has on their children

Another argument against homosexual unions is that the ability of gays to marry would further defile the sanctity of marriage. A healthy society is built on the foundation of marriage and families. With the divorce rate at an all-time highs and all the unhealthy marriages among heterosexuals, allowing homosexuals to wed would only further the instability found currently in marriages. If the sanctity of marriage continues to crumble, society as we know it may no longer exist.

Side-stepping the religious factors, we have the matter of legal issues and/or the effects on the economy that may arise due to same-sex unions. According to the Congressional Budget Office in a cost estimate prepared in November of 2009:

Enacting H.R. 2517 (Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act of 2009) would increase direct spending by $596 million through 2019, and that enacting the bill would not have any direct impact on federal revenues. Over the same period, CBO estimates that discretionary spending would