This paper discusses the arguments for and against same-sex marriage.
Proponents of same-sex marriages argue that same-sex marriages will strengthen and not weaken marriage. According to them, dysfunctional marriages undermine the institution of marriage and they cite that there are plenty of them among heterosexuals. They note that if same-sex marriages are legalized they might provide better role-model marriages that would help strengthen the place of marriage in the society. Same-sex marriages will also help in stabilizing society. This argument is based on the belief by conservatives that stable marriages are the pillars of a stable society because family is the basic unit of the society and trends in the family automatically affects the society. Legalizing same-sex marriages will integrate them into the society thus strengthening the social fabric (Corvino & Maggie 23).
Generally, it is accepted that marriage is based on love and commitment. Consequently, proponents of same-sex marriages argue that homosexuals should be allowed to marry if they love and are committed to one another. Whereas some people allege that same-sex marriages are naturally sterile, proponents counter that there are heterosexual marriage that are childless. In addition, they defend that there are many alternatives for having children including in-vitro, adoption, and surrogacy. There is also a theory that homosexual orientation is biological and some proponents use it to argue that legalizing same-sex marriage would be fair to homosexuals who did nothing to become homosexuals (Corvino & Maggie 24).
Traditionally, marriage is viewed as a tool for reproduction. Legalizing same-sex marriages will free marriage from the oppressive shackles of reproduction. This will make marriage to be a free partnership between two individuals who have the discretion to choose what they want. Marriage in the United States had initially been