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katie_marie
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jam20636
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Gay Marriage

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jam20636
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 3/12/2014 Category: Religion
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
Viewed: 380 times Debate No: 48973
Debate Rounds (5)
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katie_marie

Pro

Who are we to tell people they can't be with someone of their choosing? It is not harming anybody by allowing these people to marry each other
jam20636

Con

I accept your challenge.
Debate Round No. 1
katie_marie

Pro

How is there an issue with allowing people of the same sex to marry?
It isn't any different from opposite sex marriage....except the obvious of both people are of the same sex.
jam20636

Con

My argument against same sex marriage does not hinge on the inequities between heterosexual and homosexual couples. Rather, I oppose the resolution that same sex marriage should be legal for three reasons: 1) it is a sexist and patriarchical institutional that chains partners into traditional roles that are inadequate for our modern society; and 2) allowing gays to marry will strengthen an institution that has been on the decline for several years.

Marriage has been an enduring institution throughout our Judaeo-Christian heritage. While the United States was founded on Judaeo-Christian principles, the founders have always thought that the United States would become a pluralistic society filled with various religious and cultural traditions. And it has. Marriage is the hallmark of a Judaeo-Christian tradition, and it has historically been a patriarchical and sexist institution. Men, in particular, have benefited from the privileges of marriage by subjecting women to a domestic lifestyle where they were responsible for childrearing and chores. Men continued to justify their power over the family through Christian passages, such as "wives submit to your husbands." This persists even today with some parts of the population. As a result of this historic structure, modern society has casted traditional roles on gays and lesbians. They continue to search for gender roles in homosexual relationships and ask, "who is the man?," and "who is the woman?" This kind of gender displacement in homosexual relationships hurts gays and lesbians, especially as they rear children.

Secondly, the institution of marriage has been declining. Nearly 50% of the population today gets married. Of that percentage, only 50% get divorced. This means that there are two emerging trends: increased domestic cohabitation and divorce. As a result of these trends, this means that only 25% of our population gets married and stays married. This is a low number and a sign that the hallmarks of traditional marriage are out the window. By instituting gay marriage, we are asking gays and lesbians to enter into an institution that is weakening. This continued decline in the course of marriage will hopefully prompt the government to restructure the way that it gives benefits to people who enter into relationship together and live together. Straight and gay people are finding meaningful relationships outside of the constructs of marriage, which also means that some Christian sects, who have long been outspoken opponents of gay marriage, will find it more difficult to oppose gays and lesbians since we are not fitting GLBT relationships within the construct of a Christian--and outdated--construct.
Debate Round No. 2
katie_marie

Pro

katie_marie forfeited this round.
jam20636

Con

I am assuming my debate partner is forfeiting.
Debate Round No. 3
katie_marie

Pro

katie_marie forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
katie_marie

Pro

katie_marie forfeited this round.
jam20636

Con

jam20636 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by jam20636 2 years ago
jam20636
SmallTacos, would you say then that gay marriage should be made for gay non-Christians?
Posted by SmallTacos 2 years ago
SmallTacos
I believe while homosexuality is a sin and no Christian should be a homosexual, outside of the bible, which only christians believe in, it has nothing wrong with it, and is forcing religion on somebody. I would love homosexuals as brothers and welcome them into a church, however.
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Vote Placed by Geogeer 2 years ago
Geogeer
katie_mariejam20636Tied
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro forfeits, points to Con.