Same Sex Marriage On Trial: The Moral And Legal Debate

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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 just a commitment of love. It is a lifelong commitment that honors happiness, friendship, and security (Cloud, John). But what would happen if the... View More »

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Third and outermost is the possibility of adopting children. If children are our main priorities in our life, then why are criminals, murderers, and child molesters allowed to freely marry anyone (Messerli, Joe)?
In his book, "Let Gays Marry," Andrew Sullivan explains his own reasoning on why same-sex marriages should be allowed. He believes that letting gays marry would neither take away the public rights nor hurt the society. Sullivan states “no one has any more of a choice to be gay than to be black or white or male or female.” He illustrates that gay couples should not be thought of any differently than married couples (Sullivan, Andrew 26-31). Willam Bennet, on the other hand, discusses some very contrasting issues. In his book, "Leave Marriage Alone," Bennet believes that we, Americans need to keep marriage and family 'elevated and revered,' by not allowing our morals and ethics become extinct. He states, "marriage is an honorable estate, instituted of God and built on moral, religious, sexual, and human realities" (Bennet, Willam 16-20). My best friend, Seth Moran, always believe same-sex marriage should be allowed. Moran
mentions "love has no clause that says a couple of the same sex cannot be in love with one another; so marriage should not be denied to these homosexual couples who are in love." He believes that by banning same-sex marriage in America would be like banning the rights to have true love. Dick Cheney, who is our current Vice-President in America, once stated that “My general view is that freedom means freedom for everyone. People ought to be free ...

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