Gay marriage should be legalized. If two people want to join hands in marriage and love each other, care about each other, and spend their lives with each other it should not matter what sex they are. Who gets the choice to say whether it is right or wrong? People make "wrong" choices everyday, including heterosexuals, so why is this "wrong" choice so discriminated against? Marriage should be about love and commitment, not the gender you posess.
Homosexuals have the exact same rights as heterosexuals minus the sake that they can say they are married. Civil unions offer the same benefits of traditional marriages, so why is there such a push for legalizing the marriage between same sex couples? Homosexuals are not segregated and neither are they given fewer rights. They can have all the rights of marriage except for the name. A couple does not need to be married to live a happy, comfortable, and free lifestyle.
First of all I would like to thank you for taking part in this discussion. I believe that gay couples should be allowed to marry whoever they want just as heterosexual couples do. Just because of your sexual orientation, you should not be treated differently than the majority of the population. Denying gays the right to legalized marriage is a violation of religious freedom because civil and religious marriages are two separate institutions. In the case of Christianity, the Bible states to "do unto others as you would like done unto you". How would a heterosexual couple feel if they were in the position (as are homosexuals) of such oppression? It is completely unfair to deprive homosexual couples the benefits of marriage. This includes joint ownership rights, medical decision-making rights, taxation and inheritance rights, access to family health coverage, and protection in the event of the relationship ending. A same-sex couple is not allowed to make medical decisions for their partner because they cannot be legally married to them. Therefore, their partner can be on their deathbed and they will not be allowed to make decisions regarding their life until someone in their family arrives. How can this be okay? Homosexuality is much more common and accepted as a lifestyle nowadays, most evidence strongly supporting biological causation. Denying gay legalized marriages is also a form of minority discrimination. Allowing for legalized gay marriages does not hurt society or anyone in particular. It is only allowing others to be happy in their lives. The same financial benefits that apply to heterosexual marriages should apply to same-sex marriages. Another pro that comes from legalizing gay marriages is the increase in child adoptions. Because gay couples cannot pro-create the adoption rate would rise significantly. Children would be put in a loving family rather than a numerous list of foster homes that many times take advantage of children in order to receive a pay check. If I were unable to keep my child, I would feel much better knowing he/she was going to a loving same-sex couple who was going to love and take very good care of him/her rather than 6 different foster homes gain ownership that did not show any appreciation for him/her.
To start off you cannot say anything about "doing unto others as they would do unto you" because heterosexual couples would never be in that position it's just not the way it works. Since the beginning of time there has been right and wrong ways to live and nowhere in the Bible does it state that it is ok to have marriage in the same sex. It even states it is a sin. There is a clear reason as to why it is illegal for the same sex to get married. Understand that for centuries this has been something viewed as completely wrong and unethical. Men and women come together to procreate like God intended, as stated in the Bible. There is a reason two women, or two men, cannot get each other pregnant and procreate. That right there in itself proves it's wrong above all.
First off I would like to thank you for taking part in this debate. In response to your opinion I would like to add that if marriage is about reproduction and procreation, then why are heterosexuals who cannot have children allowed to marry, heterosexuals who don't want to have children allowed to marry, heterosexuals who don't want to have sex allowed to marry, heterosexuals who can't have sex because one partner is in prison for life allowed to marry? Heterosexual couples are now (because of the increased technology) able to use technical assistance to have children so why is it seen as wrong when same-sex couples have children using the same methods? For a lesbian couple, one woman's egg can be implanted into the female partner's uterus and then fertilized with a known or unknown donor's sperm. Gay couples can also reproduce using one man's sperm and a surrogate mother. In both situations, the couples can raise-children, and fit any criteria of marriage being about reproduction and starting a family. The ability or desire to create offspring has never been a qualification for marriage. Traditional Christian wedding vows read: "[Name], do you take [Name] to be your wedded [husband/wife] to live together in marriage. Do you promise to love, comfort, honor and keep [him/her] For better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health. And forsaking all others, be faithful only to [him/her] so long as you both shall live?" (myweddingvows.com) Civil marriage vows are almost identical in emphasizing love and commitment. These vows are clearly the heart and soul of what marriage is all about and the focus is entirely on love and commitment, not on reproducing and starting a family. Gay couples clearly can qualify for marriage according to these vows, and any definition of marriage made from these vows.
Once again I'd like to thank you for your time in discussing this issue with me. I love to see both sides to an argument and respect you for giving your input and opinions on this issue.
I understand what it is that you are saying, but my issue is that when a woman and man decide to get married it doesn't necessarily mean that they know whether or not they can have a baby. They are just in love and are taking it to the next level. I also understand why you talk about heterosexual couples having help by doctors in order to have kids and that's fine, but to me that doesn't have to do with the actual act of getting married. You have to understand that growing up with two of the same sexual identities is incorrect and morally wrong. Thanks for the battle. I always love a good debate.
Reasons for voting decision: Neither side were especially convincing in their arguments but Con could not refute Pro's assertions. He merely claimed that the bible says gay marriage is wrong(he did not cite any source) and then used an argument from tradition. The worst part was Con's bold and unfounded assertion that growing up in a home with same sex parents was morally wrong. Why? Con provided no justifiable reason.
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