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hockeyplaya89
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Korashk
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Gay Marriage

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 3/17/2010 Category: Religion
Updated: 6 years ago Status: Voting Period
Viewed: 689 times Debate No: 11458
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hockeyplaya89

Pro

This has been argued a thousand times but there is no legitmate reason for gays not to be allowed to marry please do not be ignorant as I am asking for two things here. First you have to proof that there is a legitamate reason why gays shouldn't be allowed to marry. Second do not vote if you arebiased in any way shape or form as this does not help anything.

P.S. I dont care much for grammar and spelling so dont worry about it.
Korashk

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I thank my opponent for creating this debate and will assume that the intent for this debate is known by my opponent and myself. I would like to clarify that this is the only legitimate reason that I know of to be opposed to gay marriage.

Terms clarified:
Marriage - the legal definition
Civil Marriage - a term that I use to illustrate the concept of a type of marriage that does not include financial factors.
Civil benefits - refers to all of the explicitly non-financial benefits of marriage

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Contention 1:
Homosexual marriage violates the 14th amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America.

The 14th amendment guarantees all citizens of the United States equal protection under the law [1]. Citizens that are married are granted rights that are not afforded to those that are not married. In fact the number of individual rights granted to those who are married outnumbers those granted to individuals not married by over 1000 [2]. Some specific examples of unjust freedoms gained through marriage is that it allows any non-resident of America to gain an immigration 'fast lane,' or it makes it easier for them to move to this country and they can ignore many traditional immigration regulations. Marriage also grants spousal exemption from estate taxes [3]. I do not believe that a person deserves special treatment simply because they had an emotion that made them want to spend their life with another person [2].

Contention 2:
Most of the civil benefits of marriage can be gained through alternate legal avenues that do not involve marriage.

For instance there are forms that you can fill out online that grant another individual your power of attorney [4][5]. I ask that you read the provided link [4] to learn about this concept if you are currently unaware of what it entails. You can also cerate a last will and testament that does many things for you legally, even if those involved are not married.

It is for these reasons that I believe that homosexual marriage should not be legalized and marriage should be demoted to a lifestyle in kind with other lifestyle choices that people make such as veganism or nudism, or there should be some form of legal contract that grants most of the civil benefits granted by marriage to a couple.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org...
[2] http://www.hrc.org...
[3] http://www.shusterman.com...
[4] http://en.wikipedia.org...
[5] http://www.expertlaw.com...
Debate Round No. 1
hockeyplaya89

Pro

hockeyplaya89 forfeited this round.
Korashk

Con

I extend my arguments.
Debate Round No. 2
hockeyplaya89

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Korashk

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I extend my arguments.
Debate Round No. 3
hockeyplaya89

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Korashk

Con

I extend my arguments.
Debate Round No. 4
hockeyplaya89

Pro

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Korashk

Con

I extend my arguments and urge a Con vote.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by mrmrlol 6 years ago
mrmrlol
I'm for gay marriage, I'm not gay, but pro gave no argument at all.
Posted by Rockylightning 6 years ago
Rockylightning
Thats what she said
Posted by hockeyplaya89 6 years ago
hockeyplaya89
hahaha once again no rush hav fun xD
Posted by Korashk 6 years ago
Korashk
Agh, unfortunately some relatives stopped by unannounced so my only way to access the internet is an iPod touch. I really don't want to post an entire argument using it so I'll have to post tommorow.
Posted by hockeyplaya89 6 years ago
hockeyplaya89
rofl your fine take ur time
Posted by Korashk 6 years ago
Korashk
I'm sorry for making you wait for my argument. I will post one later this afternoon.
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