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Same-sex marriage should be legal.

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Started: 12/28/2013 Category: Philosophy
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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I would like to start off with one point.
1. Marriage Is About Love and Commitment
When you marry someone, you are saying you want to spend the rest of your lives together. You want to be happy, together. If a man and a women loved each other enough, the would get married. why is it different with two men, or two women? its not.


I would like to thank my opponent for proposing this debate. I look forward to interesting arguments.

1. Marriage is more than love
"Mutual affection and companionship between partners is a common, although not universal, feature of marriage." [1][9] "A core purpose of marriage is to guarantee that, insofar as possible, each child is emotionally, morally, practically, and legally affiliated with the woman and the man whose sexual union brought the child into the world." [1] This shows that marriage is about procreation. This why the government regulates it. "'[S]ex makes babies, society needs babies, and children need mothers and fathers.' Connecting sex, babies, and moms and dads is the social function of marriage and helps explain why the government rightly recognizes and addresses this aspect of our social lives." [2] The procreative argument was held up in many courts [3][8] such as Baker v. Nelson [4], Jones v. Hallahan [5], Singer v. Hara [6], Citizens for Equal Protection v. Bruning [7]. Showing that defining marriage is constitutional. Marriage should not be extended to same-sex couples because homosexual relationships have nothing to do with procreation. Allowing gay marriage would only further shift the purpose of marriage from producing and raising children to adult gratification.

2. Marriage Historically
"Although certain aspects of the institution of marriage have varied from society to society, it has universal functions. These universal functions are:
1. Complementing nature with culture to ensure the reproductive cycle;
2. Providing children with both a mother and a father whenever possible:
3. Providing children with their biological parents whenever possible;
4. Bringing men and women together for both practical and symbolic purposes; and
5. Providing men with a stake in family and society." [1]

"Many people hold the view that regardless of how people enter into matrimony, marriage is a bond between two people that involves responsibility and legalities, as well as commitment and challenge. That concept of marriage hasn't changed through the ages." [9]

"Restrictions based on the race of the partners are not, and have never been, a universal feature of marriage.

No society has established same-sex marriage as a cultural norm. Leading linguists, lawyers, philosophers, and social scientists have always understood marriage to be uniquely concerned with regulating naturally procreative relationships between men and women and providing for the nurture and care of the children who result from those relationships." [1]

3. The Slippery Slope
If love is all that matters in marriage then other restrictions on marriage like Polygamy bans, Incest prohibitions, Age restrictions should be allowed too since all of them are able to love each other. Support for Polygamy is on the rise; according to a Gallup poll people who think Polygamy is morally acceptable has double in the last decade. [10] Also, recently a Federal Judge in Utah struck down polygamy ban as unconstitutional, and he relied on a line of reasoning utilized to impose same-sex marriage. [11] "If the natural sexual complementary of male and female and the theoretical procreative capacity of an opposite-sex union are to be discarded as principles central to the definition of marriage, then what is left? According to the arguments of the homosexual “marriage” advocates, only love and companionship are truly necessary elements of marriage. But if that is the case, then why should other relationships that provide love, companionship, and a lifelong commitment not also be recognized as “marriages”—including relationships between adults and children, or between blood relatives, or between three or more adults? And if it violates the equal protection of the laws to deny homosexuals their first choice of marital partner, why would it not do the same to deny pedophiles, polygamists, or the incestuous the right to marry the person (or persons) of their choice?" [12]

[9] http://marriage.about...

Debate Round No. 1


rougeace4 forfeited this round.


It is rather unfortunate that my opponent forfeit. I will extend all arguments.
Debate Round No. 2


rougeace4 forfeited this round.


I am disappointed that my opponent forfeit the last round. I was really looking forward to a good debate.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Guidestone 3 years ago
@ KaleBevilacqua

Then feel free to debate me then.
Posted by KaleBevilacqua 3 years ago
Marriage between an adult and a child is unethical. A minor can't even consent to a field trip; how could they consent to a legal binding contract that will likely involve sexual contact with an imbalance of power than they are not fully capable of consenting to? But polygamy and incest harm no one.
Posted by EndarkenedRationalist 3 years ago
If all of you are so against it, then accept the debate.
Posted by Ragnar 3 years ago
I've come to the conclusion that marriage is more of a religious matter than anything else, thus within the U.S. the government should not be involved, as it's well outside their jurisdiction.
Posted by HeWhoWalksBehindTheRows 3 years ago
In marriage (A connection between a man and woman), as long as they fulfill the laws, for the following commandments:

"You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,"

They shall be together.
Posted by Boyntodn 3 years ago
I would love to thank this website for not allowing me to participate in this "open debate" and shall skip to the issue.

Marriage is a term created by God in the Bible. The term of marriage refers to one man and one woman joined together for life in a union that should not separate unless adultery of one of the two spouses comes into view. In the Bible, lets look at Romans 1:26-27. "For this reason, God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations with those that are contrary to their nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error." let's move on to 1:28. "And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done." I almost regret to move on to 1:32. "Though they know God's righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them." In this verse, I do not believe it means to physically die, but to die spiritually. If you say you are a Christian but go out and use that as a license to do evil, you will surely die. We are a selfish people of modern day, our only morals consisting of what we desire or feel comfortable in. We are like children, only eating the lollipop for dinner because we want to. Just like the lollipop, this practice is unhealthy and immoral. Keep in mind that God absolutely does not hate any of his people, just hates the sin. Love you all and have a nice day!
Posted by Cheetah 3 years ago
It will be more appropriate if you say: "civil unions" should be legalized.
Posted by Cheetah 3 years ago
This is because marriage by definition means a union between a MAN and a WOMAN; gay marriage is an oxymoron.
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