Same Sex Marriage

1507 words, 7 pages

Intro Sample...

Anthony Madrid
COM 200: Interpersonal Communication
Prof. Selena Smith

Closeness-Communication Bias

Gay rights have been a controversial issue in the United States for several decades now. One of the most controversial topics in the realm of gay rights is same-sex marriage. In the article by Ryan Anderson (2013), “In defense of traditional marriage,” he argues that same-sex marriage is fundamentally flawed and should not be forcefully recognized by government and private parties. However, he goes on to state that, “All Americans stand equally before the law and have their civil rights equally protected—rights to free speech, religious liberty, free association and every other traditional civil liberty (Anderson, 2013).” If all... View More »

Body Sample...

However, this is an appeal to a false authority, and a straw man argument. The argument at hand is not whether or not same-sex marriage is religiously acceptable, rather, whether it should be legally enforced and recognized. The separation of church and state should be upheld, as one has nothing to do with the other. Being religious is not a requirement of marriage, so religion has no place in this debate.

One of the final claims that Anderson makes is that “marriage simply can’t do the work that society needs it to do for generations to come if we weaken the norms further. All of us who care about a thriving civil society, with institutions capable of limiting the state and its power, should be alarmed.” This is a completely false dilemma. When reading his claim, one might ask, what is this so called work that society needs marriage to do? What societal impact does marriage have in our culture that is being threatened by allowing same-sex marriage? By allowing same-sex marriage, we are not taking anything away from traditional opposite-sex marriages.

Same-sex marriage should not just be morally accepted, but also legally accepted and recognized by government, citizens and private businesses. Many who oppose same-sex marriage rely heavily on their understanding of the origins of marriage; that marriage founded on the union of a man and woman so they can procreate. Despite what these individuals believe to be true, marriage has varied greatly between different eras, cultures and social classes. Marriage started as a way to secure rights to land and property by ...

Read More

Related Essays on Same Sex Marriage

  • Women In Social Policy

    10401 words, 42 pages

    The term ''mother'' is ambiguous between a woman who gives birth and a female who parents, that is, rears a child--often but not necessarily the same woman. The term ''motherhood'' is ambiguous between the experience of mothers (in either sense, usually the second) and a social practice the rules of which structure child rearing. It is the latter that interests me here. Just as some today would stretch the concept of ''family'' to cover any committed partnership, household, or close and enduring network of friends, others would stretch the concept of ''motherhood'' to c

    View Document »

    Premarital Sex

    5236 words, 21 pages

    A B S T R A C T Marriage, whatever the country, tribe, religion or even custom, is agreeably considered as one of the holiest things owned by mankind. Having marriage once in life, without divorce, is their absolute dream, whereas allowing teenagers to have sex before marriage can degrade the holy values of marriage and such dream as it leads teenagers to be sex addicts and construct a wrong, misleading perception of marriage. Firstly, sex before marriage for teenagers constructs habits of being sex addicts. Indeed, sex education should be given in the early age to p

    View Document »

    Marriage For All

    1740 words, 7 pages

    PHI103 Outline: 1. Introduction: a. How is marriage defined b. Thesis: Any two people who are in love should have a right to marry each other, even if they are the same sex. 2. Sacred bond of marriage a. Divorce among married couples b. Legal rights bond by marriage 3. Counter argument a. National organization for marriage b. Thesis- In an attempt to keep the bond of marriage sacred, homosexuals should not be allowed to marry, this should be kept between a man and a women. 4. Argument to counter argument a. National organization for marriage is a religious organization see

    View Document »

    Same Sex Marriages Proposed Legalization

    3013 words, 13 pages

    The proposed legalization of same-sex marriage is one of the most significant issues in contemporary American family law. Presently, it is one of the most vigorously advocated reforms discussed in law reviews, one of the most explosive political questions facing lawmakers, and one of the most provocative issues emerging before American courts. If same-sex marriage is legalized, it could be one of the most revolutionary policy decisions in the history of American family law. The potential consequences, positive or negative, for children, parents, same-sex couples, families, social struct

    View Document »

    Same Sex Marriage

    2017 words, 9 pages

    Keely Wright Same-Sex Marriage When Americans hear the word marriage thoughts of love, togetherness, and the formation of families all come to mind; traditionally, those have been the ideas our society have linked to the concept. Marriage in the broadest terms is a personal union of individuals (Perry 2005). For such a simple word that triggers such uplifting thoughts, it has been an issue for our country that is neither simple nor uplifting. In the United States this union of two individuals has to get acknowledged by the state or religious authority to be consider

    View Document »

    Same Sex Marriage Arguments

    1784 words, 8 pages

    What is marriage? Marriage is the legal and public documentation of the love and trust two people share for each other. Getting married is a very special occasion for everyone. In past years, marriage was defined as a man and woman joining together in holy matrimony. However, homosexuality is becoming more common as homosexuals have been making their voices heard in defending their rights to marry. Same sex marriage is one of the foremost economical subjects in the United States today. Homosexuals were looked upon with despisement, and marriage between them was banned. Over the years, homosexu

    View Document »

    Sex Selection

    2241 words, 9 pages

    Sex selection, otherwise known as gender selection, is the attempt to control the sex of offspring to achieve a desired sex. It can be accomplished in several different ways—pre-and post-implantation of an embryo—as well as at birth. Sex selection is widely practiced around the world. Sex selection has different legalities around the world—many countries have laws in place that hope to prevent the use of sex selection. In many cases it comes down to the costs—social, economic and cost to the child— effectiveness, and safety factors which may inhibit or encourage families to partake in sex

    View Document »

    Gay Marriages

    1756 words, 8 pages

    Gay Marriage Carlethia Gordon SOC 120 Instructor: Barbara Carter Gay marriage is a hot topic that is being talked about by everyone. Gay marriage is an ethical issue that does not seem to become solved. No matter how wrong we may think it is to be the same sex and become married we should still treat each other the same. Gay marriage is an ethical issue because most people are against same sex marriage. Some issues of gay marriage are no procreation, health hazard, gay marriage violates sacred institution, and gay marriage has a higher risk of domestic violence.

    View Document »

    Same Sex Marriage On Trial: The Moral And Legal Debate

    1408 words, 6 pages

    English 1A Did you know that about 43 percent of first time marriages end in separation or divorce within 15 years (Cahill, Sean 11-13)? Throughout the 21st century, we Americans have classified marriage as a union of a man and a woman, known as husbands and wives. In Webster’s Dictionary, 'marriage' is defined as “the institution whereby men and women are joined in special kind of social and legal dependence for the purpose of founding and maintaining a family.” It is one of the most important decisions in everyone’s life. Today, marriage is known to be more than j

    View Document »

    Sociology Unit 1 Revision Guide

    17739 words, 71 pages

    Name: SCLY 1: Families and Households Revision Notes 2015 By the end of this unit you should be able to * answer any question on families and households ! Key definitions: A family is usually a group of people related by marriage or blood. A household is a person living alone or a group of people living together who may or may not be related. Theories of the family From the specification: The relationship of the family to the social structure and social change * Functionalist views: the importance of the nuclear family, the universal

    View Document »

More Popular Essays

Research help is just moments away!