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Homosexual Marriage should be considered illegal in the United States.

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Started: 8/30/2010 Category: Society
Updated: 6 years ago Status: Voting Period
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TheWheel

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Seeing as the Pro normally go first, as far as parameter for LD debate goes, I'll let the challenger go first. I ask that whomever accepts the challenge is prepared for this, and hopefully is fit to make Pro arguments. Thank you.
PalinFan

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Opening Statements:

I would like to thank my opponent for the creation of this debate.

As pro I will move to affirm the resolution that "Homosexual Marriage should be considered illegal in the United States."

I would like to begin by laying out a few definitions:

United States - North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776.[1]

Marriage - A social union or legal contract between individuals that creates kinship.[2]

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Arguments:

1) The Defense of Marriage Act was signed into law on September 21, 1996, having passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 342–67,[3] and in the Senate by a vote of 85 - 14.[4] The law established that the federal government would not recognize the union between two gay individuals as a marriage. This also meant that gay couples who are recognized as being married in there respective states would not receive the same federal benefits that heterosexual couples do.

2) The Deference of Marriage Act also established that no state, territory or Indian tribe would be required to give effect to gay relationships that may be considered a marriage in another state, territory or Indian tribe. As it stands today there are only 5 states that recognize and perform gay marriages, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. This would mean that gay marriage in considered illegal in 90% of the states.

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Conclusion:

Seeing as gay marriage is illegal on the Federal level and illegal in 90% of the states it is only rational to consider homosexual marriage illegal in the United States.

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Sources:
[1] http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu...
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org...
[3] http://clerk.house.gov...
[4] http://www.senate.gov...
Debate Round No. 1
TheWheel

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PalinFan

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Well that's unfortunate.
I await my opponent's response in R3.
Debate Round No. 2
TheWheel

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PalinFan

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Extend all arguments.
Debate Round No. 3
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Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by 20000miles 6 years ago
20000miles
Pretty sure the phrasing is a bit silly, and it would be a shame to lose the opportunity for a decent debate.

"If we allow gays to marry, then we have to allow child- and animal-marriage" and
"marriage is an institution for reproduction. Gays cannot reproduce, therefore, they shouldn't be allowed to marry" are the two most entertaining, albeit very poor arguments.
Posted by lovelife 6 years ago
lovelife
I've yet to hear a good anti-gay marriage argument.

Some also argue that "If you change it to allow gays to marry pedophiles and zoophiles"
Posted by lovelife 6 years ago
lovelife
Oh yeah.

Also some claim marriage was founded by religion and should not contradict religion, also there's a floodgate theory.
Also "marriage is between a man and a woman if you want the benefits then go do something else"

http://atheism.about.com...

I'm sure this has more reasons as well.
Posted by TheWheel 6 years ago
TheWheel
Another: "Marriage is for a man and wife only, cause only they can have kids together" and so on.
Posted by LaissezFaire 6 years ago
LaissezFaire
While some states do have legal gay marriage, it would still be ridiculous to consider gay marriage legal in the United States, since that implies that it is legal throughout the United States, including at the federal level.
Posted by lovelife 6 years ago
lovelife
"What are usually the main arguments to why they shouldn't get married?"

"Its against my religion and is thus immoral"
"Its gross"
"gays get AIDS more often"
"Being gay is a choice and as such should not be respected"
"Gays don't deserve the same rights that straits do because they're gay"
"They have the same choice to marry anyone of the opposite sex that straits have, and should not be given extra rights"
"It harms marriage"
and a new one I found "Marriage shouldn't even happen" (<---- lol at the married people that say that)

I believe thats about all of them.
Posted by TheWheel 6 years ago
TheWheel
Uh, it's up for debate between political leaders in different states. Some have it legal, and others don't.
Posted by wjmelements 6 years ago
wjmelements
lol
Posted by LaissezFaire 6 years ago
LaissezFaire
Of course homosexual marriage should be considered illegal in the United States. It IS illegal, and to consider it otherwise would be silly.
Posted by Loserboi 6 years ago
Loserboi
What are usually the main arguments to why they shouldn't get married?
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