A Religious View on Same-sex Marriage

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A Religious View on Same-sex Marriage The United States is a country built on a number of ideals and institutions. The moral structure of many Americans today was developed by our ancestors and the founders of this nation through the institutions that were a part of their lives. Family, religion, marriage, equality, and justice are just a few examples of the important components that provide a moral basis for our country. If any of these elements were to become too mutated, the effects on society could be devastating. Right now in the United States, one of these building blocks of society is being threatened by the possibility of a negative transformation. The building block of marriage as the sacred joining of one man and one woman is under attack and is at risk of being destroyed. People in favor of gay marriage want to change marriage to the joining of two people of either sex, which goes against what the purpose of marriage has been and why it is important to society and religion. People who are in opposition to same-sex marriage are eagerly expressing their opinions with religious and cultural reasons that show how this change could impact our society forever. The institution of marriage is typically known as a religious rite. When religious people think of marriage they think of God and the church. Traditionally, people also think of one man and one woman. Same-sex marriage will change this philosophy. Religious leaders across the world agree gay marriage will alter marriage forever. Same-sex marriage and homosexuality are topics religious leaders of the world connect and agree on. A variety of religions, such as Buddhists, Protestants, Catholics, Mormons, Jews, and Muslims, have... ... middle of paper ... ...s, a division of Random House, Inc. Lattin, D., & Gordon, R. (2003, August 1). Vatican, president intensify assault on gay marriage. San Francisco Chronicle [Newspaper, article in archives]. Retrieved April 28, 2004, from http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2003/08/01/MN291770.DTL Lombardi, K. (2004, March 26). The Catholic war against gay marriage. The Boston Phoenix [Newspaper, article in archives]. Retrieved April 28, 2004, from http://www.bostonphoe nix.com/boston/news_features/top/features/documents/03702314.asp Waldman, S. (2003). A common missed conception: why religious people are against gay marriage. Slate. Retrieved April 28, 2004, from http://slate.msn.com/id/2091413 Winn, P. (2003). Q&A: why not same-sex marriage. Citizen Link. Retrieved April 25, 2004, from http://www.family.org/cforum/feature/a0028908.cfm

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