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Should Homosexuals Be Able to Marry?

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Should Homosexuals Be Able to Marry?

Ann Burney

PHI103: Informal Logic

Instructor: Karen Kart

Date: November 12, 2012

Should Homosexuals Be Able to Marry?

There seems to be a double edged sword, when it comes to free will or so it appears. It's said that we are free to make choices for our lives, but not free in totality with our choices. How do you separate the two? If this place I call home is the Land of the free, then why can I not marry someone of the same sex? Land of the free, would interpret to me I am free to love anyone, no matter the gender without everyone judging me or the other person. Should homosexuals be allowed to legally marry? Yes, it is my firm opinion, I should be able to marry whomever I deem fit to partner with, start a family or raise children with. Moreover, I should be able to live in peace with my choice. I believe people should be able to marry whomever they want. Marriage is an institution between one man and one woman. Well, that's the most often heard argument, and it's very old. Who says how marriage is to be defined, surely not the straight married couples. In a way by making that statement, isn't that kind of like allowing a banker to decide who is going to own the money in stored in his vaults? It seems to me that if the straight community cannot show a compelling reason to deny the institution of marriage to gay people, it shouldn't be denied. The arguments of the world are really more like expressions of prejudice than any kind of a real argument. The concept of not denying people their rights unless you can show a compelling reason to do so is the very basis of the American ideal of human rights. According to www.chron.com, same sex marriage has passed in Maryland and a few other states, so why keep denying gay people their rights to live their own lives the way they see fit.

Marriage is for procreation, now the proponents of that argument may be really hard to explain because if that's the case, infertile couples shouldn't be allowed to marry. Personally I would love to be there when the proponent of such an argument is to explain to the post-menopausal mother or the impotent father that since they cannot procreate, they must now surrender their wedding rings! Same-sex couples may not be the right environment in which to raise children but what about the people who are allowed to get married and bring children into their marriage. People like: murderers, convicted felons, even known child molesters are all allowed to freely marry and procreate with hardly a second thought by these same critics. So if children are truly the priority here, why is this allowed? The fact is that many gay couples raise children, adopted and occasionally their own from failed attempts at heterosexual marriages. Lots of scientific studies have shown the children raised in the homes of gay and lesbian couples are just as loved as those of straight couples. The differences have been shown again and again to be insignificant. Psychologists tell us that what makes the difference is the love of the parents, not their gender. The studies are very clear about that. In today's world it appears that gay people are as capable of loving children as anyone else. People want to argue that gay relationships are immoral and violate the sacred institution of marriage. Somehow, I always thought that freedom of religion implied the right to freedom from religion as well. Whether people want to admit or not, the Bible has absolutely no standing in American law. No one has the right to impose rules on anyone because of something they perceive to be mandated by the Bible. In that sense, their religious freedom is being infringed. Andrew Sullivan, author of "Same-sex marriage, pro and con: A reader" states that: "There are a few people/groups that feel same-sex marriages would/could in some way threaten the institution of marriage." Then he defends that statement by saying: "that doesn't sound very logical to me. If you allow gay people to marry each other, you no longer encourage them to marry people to whom they feel little attraction, with whom they most often cannot relate sexually, and thereby reduce the number of supposed heterosexual marriages that end up in the divorce courts." Speaking of divorce - doesn't the Bible speak against divorce unless it's for infidelity. Married couples are finding many reasons to get divorce. Some couples are divorcing simply because they're tired of being married, what's with that. Divorce is supposed to be a NO NO. If we are supposed to uphold the traditional status and nature of marriage, why do we freely allow divorce, which has only been legal in most states for just a few decades? Why is it okay for everyone to just give up on marriage when they feel like it but it's against the laws of morality for same sex couples to marry? Heterosexuals have done and still doing a lot more damage to traditional marriage than anyone.

Okay this is the thing, not only should homosexuals not be able to marry they shouldn't be allowed to raise kids. Marriage is an institution that should be shared between a man and woman. Everyone wants to think or believe that the Bible has no stand on this subject but it does and no one wants to acknowledge that because the Bible speaks the truth. They want to ignore it as if it doesn't exist. However, you have other religious groups such as Buddhist who believe its okay to have same sex marriages. That's to be expected of an idol worshiper, I'm going to take the advice of a short fat bald man in a diaper over the actual truth. People want to argue about the murderer's, sex offender and child molesters that are married and raising kids. First of all, these people weren't born criminals, they where born pure. All of the mistakes they have made we learned behaviors. Who's to say they haven't learned from their mistakes and now ready to have a normal life. No one sin is greater than the next, if for any reason these people become unable to function as a parent by all means the kids should be removed their home. However, let's not forget that their home is made of a man and a woman so for these kids they have had a normal life.

The thought of same sex activity is repulsive. I guess most homosexuals feel the same way about heterosexuals, however, with heterosexuals it's natural. It doesn't go against the grains of nature or the Bible. You know it's amazing how people use the

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