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Pros and Cons for Gay Marriage Legalization
Gay marriage, or same-sex unions as they are also sometimes called, have been the subject of debate across much of the world in recent times.
The debate has been especially heated in the USA where the matter was initially decided on a state by state basis.
There are people who feel very strongly about the issues involved on both sides of the argument.
- People who are in favor of gay marriage generally perceive it as an issue of equality and/or personal liberty.
- People who are against, generally oppose it on grounds of tradition, religion, and/or they believe that it undermines key family values.
I thought it would be useful to list the pros and cons for gay marriage legalization for those who wish to understand the main arguments for and against that are used by people on both sides of the issue.
Did You Know?
- Younger people tend to be more sympathetic to gay marriage than older people. In recent polls, around 70% of voters aged under 30 support same-sex marriage.
- In 2001 the Netherlands became the first country to make gay marriage legal.
Gay marriage will be universally accepted in time. But if I may be so bold as to say to gays and lesbians, don't wait for that time to arrive. Just as my father and his generation did not 'wait' for their civil rights, nor should you. The toothpaste ain't going back in the tube. The tide has turned.— John Ridley
Pros for Gay Marriage Legalization
- Gay people should have the same rights as everybody else and that includes the right to get married. It is a straightforward question of equality.
- Homosexuality is not an aberration but a normal part of nature and may well occur through purely biological factors, rather than involving any sort of lifestyle choice.
- Allowing gay marriage would not cause harm to either individuals, or society generally. There is no evidence from places where same-sex marriages have been made legal that any damage has been done to people or communities.
- Gay people should be allowed to access the same financial and legal benefits that heterosexual couples get.
- Denying the right of gay people to marry has no rational or ethical basis and is based purely on historical prejudice against gays as a minority group.
- If two people love each other, they should be allowed to marry, whatever their genders. Laws and governments should not stand in the way of romance and human relationships.
- Gay marriage encourages commitment to long term relationships and family values and should therefore be encouraged, not banned or impeded.
Did You Know?
President Obama made US History when he told ABC News on May 9, 2012: “I think same sex couples should be able to get married.” The announcement caused celebration and consternation for proponents and opponents of gay marriage.
Marriage is almost as old as dirt, and it was defined in the garden between Adam and Eve. One man, one woman for life till death do you part. So I would never attempt to try to redefine marriage. And I don't think anyone else should either. So do I support the idea of gay marriage? No, I don't.— Kirk Cameron
Cons for Gay Marriage Legalization
- Gay marriage undermines family values because it undermines the whole concept of marriage, which should be between a man and a woman.
- Most religions see homosexuality as morally wrong. Opposition to gay marriage based on religious conviction is entirely justified.
- One of the main historical principles behind marriage is that a man and a woman commit to each other so that they can have children together, but a gay couple cannot procreate.
- Gay marriages confuse gender roles for children. Children who are adopted need a mother and a father, not two parents of the same gender. Gay marriage won't solve that problem, just make it worse.
- Legalizing gay marriage further undermines the family values which hold society together and it encourages a gay lifestyle, which has been shown to be detrimental to people, with gay people having higher incidents of mental illness, suicide rates, problems with addiction etc.
- Allowing two men, or two women to marry makes it easier for unscrupulous people to enter into phoney marriages designed purely to sidestep immigration rules, in order to gain residence or citizenship rights.
I don't support gay marriage, but I also don't support a constitutional amendment banning it. However, I do support same sex unions that would give gay couples all the rights, privileges and protections of marriage.— Bob Casey, Jr.
Countries Where Same-Sex Marriage is Legally Recognized.
Below is a list of countries where gay marriage is recognized by law. The Netherlands was the first country to legalize gay marriage in 2001.
- New Zealand
- South Africa
US States Where Same-Sex Marriage is Legally Recognized.
Below is a list of US states where gay marriage is recognized by law. Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2004.
- District of Columbia
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- Rhode Island
- Washington State
Do you agree with gay marriage being legal?
© 2011 Paul Goodman