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Should Gay Marriage Be Legalized?

Research Paper (postgraduate) 2007 11 Pages

Sociology - Gender Studies

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Should Gay Marriage Be Legalized?

Introduction

Marriage is one of the most celebrated developments of a person’s life. Majority of the people are taking marriage as a goal in life since having a family is the most fulfilling role in this world. According to Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary, marriage is the time of being united to an individual of the opposite sex as wife and husband within in consensual and contractual relationship which is recognized by legal means (“Marriage” 1). Marriage is a legal and social institution which covers the union of both male and female who voluntarily accept each other as husband or wife and build a family of their own. Marriage of both male and female is a legal and social institution that leads to one unit make-up which is the family as part of the society. Hence, the family is the smallest unit in the society that we belong.

Although marriage is regarded as an essential institution in the society, it has been a subject of controversy due to suggestion on its modification which is referred to as same-sex marriage. In that case, some groups or sectors in the society suggested that both females and or males as partners may enter into the covenant of marriage just like the union of both male and female. In this paper, the topic is focused on the question: should gay marriage be legalized? It is strongly submitted in this paper that gay marriage should be legalized in order to give meaning to the principles of equality, liberty and freedom that has been the spirit of the United States’ Constitution. Spiritual matters and conservative ideas may oppose the legalization of gay marriage, what is primordial is that the freedom to choose what is right and wrong has been accorded to all human beings. Thus, conflicting ideas on matters pertaining to the legalization of gay marriage must be weighed down in the most equitable manner.

Essentially, there are three major arguments that support the position that gay marriage should be legalized and these include respect on individual rights, non-interference of the church in governance and respect on the ability of gays to raise a family. The basic opposition on these arguments is that gay marriage can destroy the sanctity of marriage and mock the importance of procreation.

The Proposition on Gay Marriage

For the first argument, gay marriage should be legalized because gays have the rights to exercise and acquire liberty, freedom, and equality accorded in the fundamental law of the land and in the absence of damage or injury towards other people. While it is true that gay marriage is outlawed in many parts of the United States, there are still government leaders in a few states that was able to successfully legalized gay marriages. The reason behind this fact is that people who believe on the principle of equality are increasing and that gays are humans too and not circus animals. It is easy for the people to speak about equality like equal rights for homosexuals such that they should be given the same rights in housing, jobs, government benefits access, accommodations in public, and equal protection of the law, but when gay marriage is mentioned, there is an end of discussion (Bidstrup 1). Gay marriage is a less relevant topic that minimal discussion of the same is given thereby neglecting the needs of a few gay individuals. However, negligence in looking into the society deeply might be the reason why many families suffer from marital problems.

Gays should be given a chance to express their feelings towards another man because they are humans too. Love is a strong affection for or attachment or devotion to a person or persons (Fabella & de Angel 16). Love is compared to a prism that has number of sides through which a spectrum of beautiful colors is refracted. Love is the basic reason why individuals marry each other. Love is wonderful and as such, all people are free to express the same. And what makes a person think that only individuals who are both male and female have the chance to love? It is a selfish act to confine expression of love within a male-female relationship when gays are also entitled to do so when the law can be adjusted in its favor.

People are raising this question: should gay marriage be legalized? This question arises because it is true that gay marriage is considered as not socially acceptable. People do not think that gay people should have the right to get married. They think that gays should be happy with the rights that are already given to them. But the public must be aware that gays are loyal to their mates and are monogamous being devoted partners (Bidstrup 1). In other words, it is not true that gays are promiscuous and are not able to form and build long lasting relationships.

In addition, gays are also capable of building a family if ever married to another gay. Gays value family relationships and takes part in family activities as family life is a reflection of their uniqueness as human beings (Bidstrup 1). Besides, gays honor and abide by the laws of the land just like other people in the society. The ability of gays to promote peace and self-reliance is noticeable and there is no reason that they could not perform the basic responsibilities to build a family.

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Pages
11
Year
2007
ISBN (eBook)
9783640307999
ISBN (Book)
9783640306152
File size
424 KB
Language
English
Catalog Number
v125092
Institution / College
Technological University of the Philippines
Grade
A
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gay marriage legalization of gay marriage

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