These arguments make gay marriage one of the largely unsettled issues in our society. And this issue will not likely be settled in the contemporary context where conservatives and liberals seem to be bound to contradict each other in almost all issues and points of discussion. This paper shall discuss the thesis: The government has no right to enact laws which ban marriage between individuals of the same gender. It shall clarify arguments for both sides of the issue and state which side of the issue is better defended. This topic is being discussed in the hope of establishing a clear and comprehensive assessment of the issue. Discussion The provision of the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution which is relevant to this issue is in Section 1 which partly reads “…no state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of laws” (as cited by Cornell University, n.d). These provisions can be used as the basis for gay marriage being a constitutionally protected right. The right to marry between two consenting individuals of legal age can be justified under the right to equal protection of laws. There are however opposing arguments to the legal allowance given to gay marriage. An initial discussion of opposing argument shall be considered below. Against same-sex marriages Those who argue against the same-sex marriages argue that marriage is a legal union between a man and a woman, and as such, two men and two women cannot be afforded the same protection as a man and a woman seeking to marry (Zambrowicz, 1994). Various courts have also cited technical and dictionary meanings of marriages which indicate that it is a union of a man and a woman, and there is no mention of same-sex unions in these definitions. Other opponents to same-sex marriage also set forth that based on the laws today, gay marriages are an oxymoron; meaning, it is an act which does not exist because the legal mandate is still based on the union of man and woman (Duncan, 1996). The argument against gay marriages is also largely based on tradition – a global tradition that gay marriages are largely prohibited in most countries of the world. The US will not likely be the first nation in the world which shall discard the concept of traditional marriages; it will not likely be the first state to express that gay marriages are as important as heterosexual marriages (Willett, 1997). References to traditions and customs were also seen in the case of Jones v. Hallahan where the state expressly stated that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. Same-sex marriage has consistently been disallowed by the courts, with these courts further arguing that marriages must be between a man and a woman (Willett, 1997). Another argument established by opponents to same-sex marriage is that these marriages are basically tied in with procreation. The inability of procreation between same-sex marriages negates support for the institution (Franke, 2006). In the case of Singer v. Hara, the court established that denying marriage licenses to two male parties was not considered gender discrimination, however, it was based on the state’
Running head: GAY MARRIAGE Gay Marriage (name) (school) (date) Gay Marriage Introduction One of the most controversial issues in our society today is that of gay marriage. It is an issue primarily because of basic gender considerations, religious, as well as civil rights concerns…
Children need both a mother and a father. People opposed to gay adoption also make a moral and/or religious argument against same-sex adoption. This argument included the premise that if gay adoption were allowed, well then gay marriage would soon follow.
But these religious beliefs have no basis in the American Constitution, more specifically, the Declaration of Independence and cannot therefore be considered valid arguments against legalizing same sex unions. I am of the opinion that gay marriage should be nationally recognized by a law redefining marriage in the constitution.
People from diverse disciplines have voiced their opinion on what should be the solution to this standoff. Basically, these solutions are founded on the two possible stances on the proposition- either in support or rejection of the Proposition. The proposed solutions have come with their pros and cons, as may be expected.
What is particularly striking in his opinion is his belief that same-sex couples can and have properly raised their children, which undermines the arguments of anti-gay marriage that gay couples raise children with poor self-esteem and gender identity issues.
Conservatives and modernists are often the people engaged in such debates because of the clash of what people have been used to and the growing changes of highly technological era. However, concerns about the impact of tolerating the matter in many aspects of life should be seriously considered because it is actually the people who are creating the world they are to live.
It has turned out to be the most socially divisive and ethically challengeable issue of the decade. The reason behind its controversial stature in society is that apart from upholding the right for freedom of choice and unconditional love, this issue paves the way for several alarming problems.
To achieve this, the article analyses the content of Canadian newspaper coverage on the issue of same-sex marriage during the debate between September 2003 and the federal election of June 2004. The article establishes the role of Canadian newspapers in addressing Canadian values and most specifically same-sex marriage.
The argument against gay marriage states that the act is unnatural, violates the traditional marriage perspective and is morally unacceptable. Those who support it assert that is should be legalized since according to the utilitarian view, it makes the affected parties happy and does no harm to others.
operly raised their children, which undermines the arguments of anti-gay marriage that gay couples raise children with poor self-esteem and gender identity issues. The primary issues of Obama’s support focused on equality and fairness in law. Indeed, if fairness is considered,