Today, June 16, 2015, was a historical day in the United States. The Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage is a fundamental right and that all 50 states in the country would be forced to recognize and certify these marriages. The debate about marriage equality has been a raging one for many years, for a wide range of reasons. The true questions that should be asked are what harm and what benefits will actually come from this landmark ruling and how will it change and shape our society.
The Advantages of Same Sex Marriage
1. Not Allowing Some People To Marry Is Unconstitutional
By allowing some people to marry, and not others, the government is discriminating against citizens. This creates the feeling that the government classifies homosexual people as second rate citizens who do not have the same rights as heterosexual people.
2. Access To Equal Benefits
There is a wide variety of benefits that are offered to couples who are legally married. Some of these include tax benefits and insurance perks. Since same sex couples can now marry, they too get to enjoy these benefits and perks that come along with being married.
3. “Traditional Marriage” Views Have Changed
The way that society think has drastically changed over the past decades. People’s minds are opening to things that they may have not understood before. The same idea goes with same sex marriage, the idea of two men or women getting married often confused people, which is why they did not support it. Times have changed and legalizing same sex marriage is a testament to this.
4. Everyone Needs Love
All couples experience different relationships, but the idea and feeling of love is universal. Marriage is a traditional thing that truly solidifies and commits a relationships, and straight couples should not be the only ones who have the privilege of doing this.
5. Religion Is The Problem
The biggest reason that it is wonderful that same sex marriage has been legalized is the fact that the argument is largely religious. It is unfair to oppress some people based on the views of few.
The Disadvantages of Same Sex Marriage
1. Marriage Is A Religious Sanction
The entire idea of marriage is from religion. This is what arguers of same sex marriage speak the most about. The traditionally defined marriage is between a man and a woman, same sex marriage is against what the Bible teaches, so it is sac religious to marry two men or two women into a religious sanction.
2. Confusing For Children
Another big problem wit same sex marriage is how it will affect the children of the country. By legalizing same sex marriage it gives the message to children that it is normal or okay to be in a homosexual relationship. This also causes confusion for them as to how reproduction works.
3. Marriage Is For Procreation
The entire purpose of being on this planet and getting married is to have children, expand the population, and keep the human race going. Same sex couples cannot have children because it requires both a female and male to conceive a child. If we begin to praise people for not having children, the human race could slowly begin to dwindle.
4. It’s A Slippery Slope
By legalizing same sex marriage, you are opening the door for other types of non traditional couples to fight for their right to marry. This could include underage marriages, incestuous, and even group marriages.
5. Having A Mother And Father Is Important
Kids need balance in their life in order to be successful adults. This balance comes from having influences from a mother and a father in their developmental years. Same sex couples cannot give this to a child because there is only one gender having influence over their life.
6. Reduces To Sanctity Of Marriage
Marriage is a traditional and religious ceremony and commitment that people hold very sacred. The institution of marriage has been degrading slowly over time, and we need to do everything that we can to preserve this. Same sex marriages devalue traditional marriages and cause people to sway away from getting married.
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