Gay Marriage Debate: My Opinion
Gay marriage as a philosophical issue crosses both ethics and religion as an issue. With the recent news of New York state passing their marriage law, conservative Christian's are drawing the line in the sand. Both parties are lining up enough lawyers that could result in a legal civil war, with pro on one side and con on the other. The specific issue is that most people don't want to acknowledge the gay community at all and for that matter deny them any rights whatsoever, whether it be threw marriage or civil union.
The con supporters want marriage to remain between a man and woman, period no gray areas and most of the people in this group are from religious backgrounds. Ethics is determined mostly by a form of religious beliefs so the two are actually kinsman of the other.
Homosexuality is becoming more and more mainstream in society and frankly its scarring the conservative religious base of the country. Homosexuality is almost as oldas the human race itself. In the Old testament Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because of their sinful behavior including homosexual acts as well as the time that Noah was entering the Ark. From a religious point of view why does god allow homosexuality to exist? One possible answer is that God allows it to test the faith of the believer. When Jesus asked what the greatest commandment was he replied in Matthew 22:37-40, “Love your god with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and Prophets hang on these two commandments.” He didn't say love your neighbors as yourself but only if they agree with your views. There is no gray area when it comes to God's love, gray area is introduced by doctrines and denominational beliefs.
With the addition of New York State as of July 1, 2011, Massachusetts, Connecticut,Vermont, New Hampshire and District of Columbia are the only places to legalize gay marriage. Five of those states are part of the original thirteen colonies that this country was founded on, coincidence, the opinion of this writer says no. IF these states where we founded our freedoms on can see the freedom of this law becoming a national law( including religious freedom) as the right thing to do then why can't the rest of the nation.
On the pro-side of this argument we start with a recent study done by the Williams Institute at UCLA Law School. In their study they have found that the positive economic impact for legalizing gay marriage in New Jersey to be $248 millio0n over three years, creating 800 new jobs and bringing in an additional $19 million in government revenues (The Williams Institute at UCLA law School). At the start of 2011, 10 out of 194 countries allow same-sex couples to marry (GayMarriageProCon.org). One of the leading arguments against Gay marriages is that it could lead to polygamous and inter-species marriages to degrade the fibers of our society. To dispel this argument the Pew Research Center (as reported by CNN's Stephanie Chen on June 4, 2010) released a report that says one out of seven new marriages in the US are either interracial or inter ethnic. Also included n that report were the fact that in 1980 6.8 percent of marriages were interracial and by 2008 that number jumped to around 14.6 percent (Pewresearch.org).
Bottom line, It is no one else's business if two men or women want to get married. Two people of the same sex who love each other should be allowed to publicly celebrate their commitment and receive the same benefits of marriage as opposite sex couples. Allowing same-sex couples to marry will give them access to basic rights such as hospital visitation during an illness, taxation and inheritance rights, access to family health coverage, and protection in the event of the relationship ending.
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