The topic of same-sex marriage, or gay marriage, is extremely divisive in today's society. This paper will address some of the issues surrounding gay marriage. Many in favor of same-sex marriage suggest that gay couples should have the same marital benefits as heterosexual couples, which is simply a civil rights issue. In contrast, those against same-sex marriage see this concept as a moral matter, which violates traditional ethical standards. Since the beginning of time, most cultures have acknowledged marriage a unity between men and women.
In relation to homosexuals, contradiction constantly arises that gay marriage should not be legalised. However, homosexuals do not necessarily want to get marriage but may just want the justification of having equal rights. Thus, in the case if homosexuals do want to marry at some stage of their relationship, according to Nagle, “people say that banning same sex marriage is not only unfair, but it is also discriminatory” (2010, p.31). In society, denying individuals rights due to their gender, race or sexual orientation is consequently classified as discrimination. Alternatively, to go against gay marriage and not allowing either two females or to males getting married to one another can become a form of illegal discrimination towards society.
With this being said why is it that this title does not seem to apply to the homosexual community? Data from a 1989-1991 national survey found that gay and bisexual male workers earned eleven percent to twenty-seven percent less than heterosexual workers, regardless of their occupation (Badgett). It is statistically proven that LGBT workers earn less than heterosexuals in most cases. Discrimination of this kind can lead to depressed wages and underemployment for an entire subset of the population (Klobuchar). Most homosexuals choose to hide their sexual identity from their coworkers because of the discrimination they could face (Dawson).
The different opinions that are expressed by society’s attitudes towards gay marriage continue to cause great controversy throughout the country, and should come to a halt by allowing homosexuals to wed. The true meaning of marriage is sharing vows between two people to bind their feelings toward each other forever. Many feel that the sanction should be shared between a man and a woman and if it is opened to homosexuals this will take away from the importance of marriage. According to Robert Cummings, a writer for the Flint Journal, states, “Gay marriage is a mockery of a marriage between a man and a woman” (Cummings). A large amount of society feels that if gay people are married the sanction of marriage will become corrupt and will no longer be as important as it currently is.
Several other states are also debating whether or not to allow these couples to marry. Unfortunately, the dispute has left the United States' homosexual community in an awkward position. There are some people who think that gay people have no rights and should never be allowed to marry, and others believe that gay people should enjoy the same rights and privileges as heterosexuals. I think that the United States should allow same-sex couples to marry just like heterosexual couples. There are many opponents of gay people as it is, and they all have their reasons to dislike the idea of permitting them get married.
The question of homosexuality being a choice lives in the front lines of criticism, with many believing that one chooses to be lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB). Tell... ... middle of paper ... ...ets down to “value judgment” and how the LBG’s are being hypocritical in a way of advocating that value judgment about marriage is wrong. But yet, they insist that same sex unions might as well be considered marriages on a par with heterosexual marriages; LBG’s making a value judgment about marriages, both their own marriages and those of others. “Rather, they press their judgments on others while, at the same time, refusing to permit others to make judgments.” Bauman makes a very good point at the end of his last sentence in the article using “serves us and our offspring best” as a way to end the article. This opens minds and has you realizing that ‘offspring’ cannot be produced by a homosexual.
Also, the ramifications of the legalization of gay marriage, both for gays and society, will be examined. Finally, I will refute arguments against same-sex marriage. Society benefits by having fewer "closet gays." "Closet gays" are homosexuals who try to abide by society's standards, and marry a partner of the opposite sex (Harbinger 683). However, due to the different sexual orientations of the two partners, problems often occur, causing emotional harm to"closet gays," their partners, and their children (Harbinger 683).
Also, it appears that affirmative action can actually be detrimental to employees health. First of all, affirmative action is discrimination, there is no hiding it. When an employer hires anyone because he or she is a minority, even if someone else if more qualified to do the job, it is discrimination. Just because it is reverse discrimination, when whites are discriminated against and minorities are being discriminated for, doesn't make it right. Affirmative action legalizes discrimination (Steele 1990, 39).
As a culture, we put so much pressure on our other to conform to a certain mold. Society seems to be forcing other people to try to measure up in all areas of life, even trying to tell them how to act and how not to act. Those gays and bisexual people living within communities where anti-gay sentiments are not only common, but also accepted, have, on average, a shorter life expectancy in comparison to their peers who are fortunate enough to live in more open-minded communities. A common way of hurting these homosexuals emotionally is through stereotype which then leads to low self-esteem. Homophobia can be used to stigmatize, silence, and, on occasion, target people who are perceived or defined by others as gay, lesbian, or bisexual, but who are in fact heterosexual.
It was believed that being gay, lesbian, transgenders, and others went against nature. While the new generation is more accepting, many still discriminate against the LGBT community. Discrimination based on sexual orientation can"affect executives with six- figure incomes and those who clean offices at night for the minimum wage" (Paulson). The LGBT community are vulnerable to the discrimination coming from private institutions. For example, the LGBT community can "be denied service that hotels restaurants and other businesses.