Generally, ethics is about determining and differentiating the good acts from the bad acts, developing good and accepted characters among people and fostering social order (Robin 20). Ethical issues Within the social structure, ethics is very much linked to marriage, sexuality and family. Ethics gives a guideline on what is expected of the contract union between husband and wife. Traditionally, marriage has been perceived as a lifelong committed relationship between a man and a woman with the purpose of procreation and upbringing of children with allowance of divorce only where any progeny have reached their maturity (McNeil, 198). However with introduction of new technology, this definition has been challenged and is loosing its meaning in the ethic. The universal acceptance of the contraceptives as a morally legitimate option that facilitates reproduction of children to be an optional choice for the married couples has brought a new face to the traditional marriage (Gallagher, 34). Marriage is no longer based on procreation achievement only but rather on ones happiness, pleasure and gain. Marriage has lost its ethical value in the society and adopted the contract perspective where couples can stay together and divorce or part ways at the will of either of the contracting party. Today, marriage is not necessarily a contract between people of the opposite sex but rather even people of the same sex (Cleves, 48). Homosexual and lesbian unions do as well qualify as marriages since today marriage is simply a contract between two parties that want to live together and not necessarily with the aim of procreation. This situation has been encouraged with the introduction of the new technologies that has seen people of the opposite sex using contraceptives to avoid procreation. At the same time, the scientific methods have made it possible for people of the same sex like the lesbian to also procreate and bear children (Allsopp & O’Keefe 78). Although this trend is highly gaining popularity, it is still seen as in ethical for people of the same sex neither to marry nor to reproduce through the modern technologies that are seen as away of offending God who created human beings and advocated for opposite sex marriage as well as procreation. The sexual differentiation issue brings the debate of doing the good or bad in human being as per the ethics that do exists. The moral of doing well as in regard to sexual differentiation and reproduction is of importance since sex is a biological characteristic that is based with procreation. However sexuality faces ethical threat due to the fact that at the moment, developments in science and technology has made it possible for people to have sexual intercourse without necessary aiming to conceive a child (Aertsen 65). Also contemporary reproductive technologies have made it possible for people to conceive without necessarily engaging into sexual intercourse. This has witnessed severed relationship between the link of sexual intercourse and that of procreation since they no longer depend on one another but they can be achieved independently of one another. Today people engage in sexual activities without the concern of being a father and mother but as personal preference to meet their desires (Gallagher 40). Naturally, men are supposed to be sexually attracted to women and women should be attracted to men. Today, men are attracted to follow men while women are attracted to fellow women and this has led to sexuality loosing its ethical standards and
Ethics can be summarized as the practical science of the good life touching on the issues of what a person has to do so as to live as a noble person within a given society…
The Church has on many occasions taken sides on the most issues relating to sexuality so as to advice its flock accordingly. The issues that the Catholic Church has been vocal about include; maintenance of celibacy rule for the clergy, using of condoms as a preventive measure of contacting AIDs, gay marriages, lesbianism, homosexuality, bisexuality, women serving as deacons or bishops, prostitution, mode of dressing for different sexes, use of contraceptives as a way of exercising family planning, pornography, sex education in schools and lastly same gender sexual activity are strongly opposed by the Catholic Church.
The paper discusses ethical issues presented with this type of marriage considering several other marriages accepted and reinforced in the society. Several theories exists which can be used to solve ethical problems presented by gay marriage. The paper will base on one classical theory to explain how it can be used to solve the ethical problems.
For one, people are faced with the challenge of deciding whether to remain faithful and committed to a relationship or not. People’s decisions in relation to their sexuality are also influenced significantly by culture, religion and traditions, which dictate moral values as noted by Rathus, Nevid and Ficher-Rathus (2011).
Ethical issues in couples arises when a partner indulges in unacceptable or expected activities and do things differently. Even in our private lives, it is important that we act in an ethical manner and in accordance with moral expectations. In this paper we will identify the major ethical issues in couples and family therapy as presented in the article.
In all arguments which have been put forward, there is a major portion contributing to the support of the marriage of the same sex to be either granted equality as the heterosexuality marriages. Since early days of the past centuries, few states were fighting for the legalization of the gay and lesbian marriages.
Human beings have utilized their power of thinking and have reached a stage where every individual is aware of their rights. The time of suppression and slavery is long gone and in today’s world people are conscious
ts, regardless of ceremony, to being subjected to church and state restrictions in order to control moral behaviour, resource allocations for “legal” beneficiaries, and so many other reasons.
Government involvement in the matrimonial issues began in the 16th century when it
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