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CosmoJarvis
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lemusthecuban
Con (against)

Homosexual Marriage

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Started: 3/5/2017 Category: People
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Debating Period
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CosmoJarvis

Pro

This will be a debate on whether Homosexual Marriage should or should not be accepted and legalized in the United States.

Pro must support the claim that homosexual marriage is positive for society, while Con must explain why it is detrimental to society.

Rules:
1) Use proper grammar and sentence structure. Please look over your arguments before posting them to make sure that you didn't accidentally make a grammatical mistake or use malapropism.
2) Do not troll or use insults as your argument.
3) Support quantitative and qualitative data with valid sources.


Rounds:
R1: Acceptance

R2: Main Arguments
R3: Rebuttals (No new arguments)
R4: Rebuttals (No new arguments)
lemusthecuban

Con

I accept this debate and look forward to hearing your main argument.
Debate Round No. 1
CosmoJarvis

Pro

Outline:
I. Introduction
II. Homosexuality
III. Marriage
IV. Are Homosexuals Capable of Raising Children
V. Sources

I. Introduction

Homosexuality: sexual desire or behavior directed toward a person or persons of one's own sex (S1).

Marriage: any of the diverse forms of interpersonal union established in various parts of the world to form a familial bond that is recognized legally, religiously, or socially, granting the participating partners mutual conjugal rights and responsibilities and including, for example, opposite-sex marriage and same-sex marriage (S2).

I, pro, will be advocating for homosexual marriage. To do this, I will explain the nature of homosexuality; proving, with scientific evidence, that homosexuality is natural. Additionally, I will properly define marriage to explain why homosexuals should have the right to marry a person of the same sex. Also, I will assess how capable homosexuals are of raising children.

II. Homosexuality

As I have defined in my introduction, homosexuality is a sexuality in which a person is sexuality attracted to another of the same gender. There has been a fair amount of controversy shrouding the nature of homosexuality and whether it is natural or unnatural and whether it is inherently evil or not.


One of the greatest misconceptions about homosexuality is that "it's a choice." However, both studies and mere observations in our environmentpoints to the belief that homosexuality is a genetic trait. For example, a study conducted by Dr. Tuck C. Ngun and his team at the University of California have come to a conclusion that homosexuality is a genetic trait. To find this, Ngun and his team gathered 37 pairs of twins in which one was homosexual and the other was heterosexual. Then, blood was taken from each subject. By analyzing the DNA, Ngun and his team have isolated a gene known as the "Xq28 marker." This piece of DNA is believed to be the "gay gene," (S3). Another strong piece of evidence pointing to the belief that homosexuality is natural is its common appearance in nature. Virtually all species that are, of course, not asexual, possess some members that are homosexual. No, this is not some "conscious act against God," which many religious zealots claim homosexuality to be, for animals lack the concept of "God" and "sin." Some animals exhibit homosexual behavior because their impulses naturally drive them to (S4).

I would also like to address the bogus idea that "homosexuals are immoral." This belief is mostly derived from religious beliefs, such as Christianity, where homosexuality is a direct act against God and that there's a place in the firey sulfur lakes of Hell for the "sexually immoral." However, famous religious figures such as Pope Frances have become accepting of the homosexual community. He has publicly apologized to homosexuals that have been marginalized by the Church, going as far to say "[homosexuals] must not be discriminated against but must be respected and accompanied pastorally," (S5). Additionally, one of the biggest fallacies being that "homosexual men are more likely to molest children," has been debunked multiple times. As shown by research conducted by Dr. Gregory Herek, adults, regardless of their sexual orientation, are equally likely to commit molestation (S6), showing that there is no correlation between sexual orientation and the tendency to molest children.

III. Marriage

Marriage, as I have previously defined before, is the legal union between two people of the opposite or same sex. According to statistics collected by Pew Research Center in 2016, approximately 55% of Americans support homosexual marriage (S7), and this number has slowly been rising. Many people are horrified of the lurid consequences of the legalization of homosexual marriage. However, as infogr.am argues, "Gay Marriage will have no impact whatsoever on heterosexual communities, just as racial integration in the 60's had no negative impact on white communities. This is the same concept with legalization of gay marriage, it will grant the LGBT community a right that has been immorally denied to them," (S8).


One of the greatest arguments against homosexual marriage is that homosexual marriage is an attack on the institution of marriage. However, what makes this argument so ridiculous is that the divorce rate in America is practically over 50%. If anti-gay activists truly wished to "protect the institution of marriage," certainly they'd much rather advocate for the outlawing of divorce. Additionally, demographic data suggests that homosexual marriage will protect the institution of marriage (S9). According to NBC, states that allow same-sex marriage have lower divorce rates. These statists show that states that legalized homosexual marriage in 2013 had a divorce rate approximately 20% lower than states that prohibited it (S10).

IV. Are Homosexuals Capable of Raising Children

Many question the ability of homosexual couples to raise children. However, recent studies have shown that homosexuals are capable of being good parents. Abbie Goldberg, a psychologist at Clark University who researches gay and lesbian parenting, says that gay parents "tend to be more motivated, more committed than heterosexual parents on average, because they chose to be parents." Research also suggests that gay and lesbian parents are a powerful resource for kids in need of adoption. According to a 2007 report by the Williams Institute and the Urban Institute, 65,000 kids were living with adoptive gay parents between 2000 and 2002, with another 14,000 children living in foster homes of gays and lesbians. Research has also shown that the kids of same-sex couples were raised no worse than kids of straight couples in terms of mental health, social functioning and school performance. In a 2010 study conducted by sociologist Judith Stacey and Tim Biblarz, there were no differences found between children raised by heterosexual parents and children raised by lesbian parents (S11). Other research that suggest that homosexuals are compatible parents was conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The association holds that "the research has been remarkably consistent in showing that [homosexual] parents are every bit as fit and capable as heterosexual parents, and their children are as psychologically healthy and well-adjusted as children reared by heterosexual parents," (S12).

V. Sources
S1) http://www.dictionary.com......

S2) http://www.dictionary.com......
S3) http://www.telegraph.co.uk......
S4) https://en.wikipedia.org......
S5) https://cruxnow.com......
S6) http://psychology.ucdavis.edu......
S7) http://www.pewforum.org......
S8) https://infogr.am......
S9) http://ic.galegroup.com......
S10) http://www.nbcchicago.com......
S11) http://www.livescience.com......
S12) http://www.latimes.com......
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8 comments have been posted on this debate. Showing 1 through 8 records.
Posted by CosmoJarvis 1 year ago
CosmoJarvis
Wonderful.
Posted by CosmoJarvis 1 year ago
CosmoJarvis
Lemus, you only have 3 hours left to craft an argument.
Posted by CosmoJarvis 1 year ago
CosmoJarvis
What do you mean by describing homosexual marriage as "plagiarism?"
Posted by CosmoJarvis 1 year ago
CosmoJarvis
Just a reminder, Lemus: You have 14 and a half hours left to post your argument.
Posted by John_C_1812 1 year ago
John_C_1812
Homosexual, Gay, or the word Lesbian when in front of the word Marriage are all at least performing plagiarism, by using Marriage in the Title. The plagiarism is then used to associate a sexual description. The Idea is to only define what can be a unique long standing likely-hood. Not Copy, or attach an amendment with a specific sexual orientation. The Constitutional facts point out that the legal debate is over the descriptions a witness is directed by law and accusation of crime, into agreeing with publicly.
Homosexual, Gay, and Lesbian are all descriptions of an explicit sexual act that a witness, State, or a governing body need not see. In order to establish any long term agreement to partnership. To establish equal requirement of governing.

As Gay and Lesbian are also by fact words that are said in the public that are meant to intentionally hurt or cause harm, so additional legal obligations exists. A person who is being lied about has a basic right to defend themselves of an accusation place on them, by a religion.

An impartial witness account such as Binivir and Unosmulier express a unique meaning that is only describes what a person might see in an impartial fashion to the public.
Posted by CosmoJarvis 1 year ago
CosmoJarvis
By "not accepted," i mean: should it be legal in the United States, and tolerated by the American people?
Posted by What50 1 year ago
What50
When you mean not accepted do you mean tolerated or disliked as a opinion?
Posted by CosmoJarvis 1 year ago
CosmoJarvis
For the second round, I will be posting my argument from another debate I was involved in: http://www.debate.org...
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