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Prepare For Battle - Gay Marriage

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Autor:  anton  18 April 2011
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Prepare for Battle

Are we prepared for another Civil War? Another time where a few states decide to secede from the union? Another Civil Rights Movement? The answer is no, but that is exactly what we are asking for. Gay marriage has been the “hot topic” for discussion within the past five years, and the only “objections to gay marriage are based on religious prejudice” (Pollitt “Adam and Steve”). Homosexuals should not have to suffer because of a few outlandish ideas of select religions. Homosexuals should be awarded the same rights as heterosexuals because the Constitution guarantees its rights to all Americans – not just heterosexuals. Although people are worried about the effect on heterosexual marriage and the values of marriage decreasing altogether, legal issues of marriage, what the churches’ views are, reasons behind homosexual marriage, and their own narrow-minded views on procreation, homosexuals should not be reprimanded by not being awarded their due rights, their individual worries should not effect the ability of homosexuals to marry.

First, one of the biggest fears that people have about allowing gay marriage is that it will decrease the value of straight marriage”. Although people against gay marriage do have a good point that “women domesticate men” (Pollitt “Adam and Steve”), in the sense that married men are less likely to kill people, crash the car, take drugs, and commit suicide, they do omit the facts that married couples’ amount domestic violence, child abuse, infidelity, and abandonment is elevated (Pollitt “Adam and Steve”). The logic used here is almost like sayingconcluding that a person with no reason to live is more likely to commit suicide than a person that has a reason to live; not a valid point, merely common sense. Marriage altogether is reaching all time lows.

Second, in society, the value of marriage is rapidly decreasing. The assessment of family tradition will start being assessed due to a lack of marital morale; not the legalization of homosexual marriage. Divorce, out-of-wedlock births, and abortion are much more acceptable than they were 50 years ago, and those elevated levels were undoubtedly not due to gay marriage (Pollitt “Gay Marriage”). Most people believe that sex was to serve for procreation and to promote spousal unity, but everyone knows that is not true, and people don’t want to believe that marriage’s main purpose is solely sex (Colson “Love That Won’t Keep Quiet”). Sex. This shouldn’t be the first time that it’s said, but not allowing homosexuals to get married is not going to stop them from having sex. Today sex is what marriage is all about while keeping two people faithful to each other while they are in a sexual relationship. By not allowing homosexuals to marry we are not encouraging them to experience intimate relationships with just one other person we have become an advocate for homosexuals to have multiple partners.

Third, a marriage isn’t just about a relationship anymore - it is about legal issues. “Why should access to health care be a byproduct of a legalized sexual connection, gay or straight” (Colson “Love That Won’t Keep Quiet”), better yet a byproduct of anything at all? Having a spouse should not have anything to do with weather or not you should receive “health insurance, survivors’ rights, mutual custody of children, or job protection” (Pollitt “Gay Marriage”). People that never get married do not get heath insurance from another person, and neither should someone who is married. There is too much value put on marriage, most of it being negative. Marriage opens up “… whole new vistas of guilt, frustration, claustrophobia, bewilderment, declining self-esteem, unfairness and sorrow, it will offer …the opportunity to prolong this misery by tormenting each other in court” (Pollitt “Gay Marriage”). If homosexuals want in on this great fun that heterosexual marriage has been an example of, then they should be able to have the same rights at a heterosexual has.

Fourth, the church has much prejudice against homosexuals and bears the weight of the prohibition of gay marriage is. The church used to be able to “love the sinner and hate the sin” (Goodman A23). Now it is the difference between whether the church believes “…that homosexuality is a choice [or] … innate” that sets the standard for deciding whether or not they accept homosexuality. “..[A] weight of research suggests that sexual orientation is indeed something we are born with” (Goodman A23). However, the church strongly opposes homosexuality because they believe that it is a lifestyle, not a one time sin.

The church shouldn’t be one of the only things stopping homosexuals from getting married because “it’s not about what God blesses, it’s about what the government permits… you still have to get a marriage license from City Hall” (Pollitt “Adam and Steve”). Most marriages are preformed in a church, but most homosexuals aren’t asking for that. They aren’t asking for the church to perform their marriage, bless it, or even recognize it. The United States puts so much emphasis on the link between marriage and religion that they fail to see the drive-thru weddings in Vegas or ceremony’s at the Court House. If one still has a problem with homosexual marriage, it is probably about - the largest issue of all- procreation.

Finally, procreation is one of the best reasons that people that are against homosexual marriage think they have. Common comments are “…[marriage] is intended both to unite couples ad bring children into the world…” (Colson “Gay �Marriage’”), or “… we are not lower than the animal species, that sex is not for recreation – its for procreation” (Colson “Love That Won’t Keep Quiet”). This is all good in theory if it indeed applied to everyone. If this was a law – that marriage has to be about bringing children into this world- then every married couple in the United States should have to have children. Infertile, elderly, impotent, or non desiring couples should not be able to get married and should be required to divorce or not even be allowed to marry in the first place if they do fit one of those descriptions. Imposing or even proposing a law like that would be ludicrous. People would be outraged. It makes no sense to try to restrict people on what their limitations are within a marriage, including whom they marry. “ [procreation] is not a view that anyone outside [of] a right-wing Catholic marriage tribunal or an ultra Orthadox rabbi’s court is likely to find persuasive” (Pollitt “Adam and Steve”).

In Conclusion, Americans are going to realize the large mistake that they are making. If we have true faith in our justice system, it should yield fruitful in awarding homosexuals their right - just like it did for African American and Women’s rights. If we go back to the days of slavery, it might have seemed like a good idea at the time, but today people wonder what people were thinking back then. Just as the idea of having the black man be as legally free as a while man might have seemed preposterous to them, I think that we are asking for another period in time where our descendents are going to look back and say “ What were they thinking?” The issue of homosexual marriage “could never have become a realistic political issue… without the breakdown of traditional family values” (Pollitt “Gay Marriage”). People don’t want to realize the real issue – morale overall has began to decline rapidly, and realizing that homosexual marriage is due its justice makes people worry. If people worried half as much about their own lives as they do about others, we wouldn’t be in the progressively declining society that we are in today.

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Colson, Charles. "Gay "Marriage":Societal Suicide." The Bedford Reader. Ed. X.J. Kennedy, Dorothy Kennedy, and Jane Aaron. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2006. (566-568).

Goodman, Ellen. "A Vatican Retreat on Homosexuality; [FINAL Edition]." The Washington Post 03 Dec 2005: . :A23- . ProQuest. Blue Valley West High School. 27 Jan 2006 <http://proquest.umi.com>.

Pollitt, Katha. "Adam and Steve-together at last." The Nation 15 Dec 2003: 227. :9- . ProQuest. Blue Valley West High School. 27 Jan 2006 <ttp://proquest.umi.com>.

Pollitt, Katha. "Gay marriage? Don't say I didn't warn you." The Nation 29 1996: 262. :9- . ProQuest. Blue Valley West High School. 27 Jan 2006 <http://proquest.umi.com>.



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