Synthesis Paper on Gay Marriage

Words: 1235
Pages: 5

Caroline Treinen
Ms. Pajer
English 101
Synthesis Essay

Who are we to dictate who someone loves? The definition of love is the action that two people share. The definition does not say love only occurs between a man and a woman. The article, “Gay marriage proposals destructive to society, Vatican official says,” is an argument against gay marriage. The author, John Thavis, claims that homosexuals are just struggling to find themselves and that same-sex marriage disrupts the normal sexuality and fertility of a couple. In “Support for Homosexuals’ Civil Liberties”, Kristin Kenneavy discusses how religious outlooks influence a family’s beliefs on same sex marriage. The two articles show the different views on gay marriage by
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If two men are a part of a household, it destroys the stereotypical household and the familial dynamic.
Cardinal Ratzinger, who later became Pope Benedict XVI “ said gay marriage proposals were just one example of the tremendous changes challenging European culture.” He believes that gay marriage promotes the idea that any type of union is morally acceptable, which in this case it is not because it is destroying the status quo of normal marriage. Ratzinger claims that the European culture has “passed from a Christian culture to an aggressive form of secularism that at times is intolerant. As an example of this intolerance, the cardinal cited a case in Sweden where a Christian minister was imprisoned for preaching against homosexuality on the basis of Scripture.” Ratzinger is complaining that his perfect Catholic culture is turning into a distorted version of secularism, which asserts the right to be free from religious rule and teachings. Someone who preaches against homosexuality can risk imprisonment because it is against Catholic beliefs. In “Support for Homosexuals’ Civil Liberties”, Kenneacy also comments on the future implications of gay marriage. Religious beliefs play an important role in defining social acceptance and functions of families. Gays and lesbians don’t receive worldwide support when it comes to protection of their civil liberties because they aren’t considered full citizens. He writes that “heterosexual dominance works by reserving