Same-Sex Marriage

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Forty-two years ago, the United States Supreme Court unanimously voted against the laws of Virginia that banned interracial marriage, officially ending years of oppression towards couples of different races (Loving). Yet today, decades after the civil rights movement, another form of subjugation is plaguing America. This subjugation is of the homosexual community, as most states ban same-sex marriage and refuse to even recognise it. Opponents of same-sex marriage state several reasons as to why it should not be permitted, however, these arguments often prove to be based on opinion and personal faith rather than reason and legality. The supposedly valid reasons others give to argue against same-sex marriage are mal-informed, and, in fact, seem to echo the reasons given by those who opposed interracial marriage decades ago. One such claim given as to why same-sex couples shouldn't be allowed to marry is the slippery-slope argument. This is the belief that allowance of same-sex marriage would open the door to legalisation of more unacceptable forms of relationships, such as polygamy, incest, bestiality, and pedophilia. Although this argument was initially proposed with interracial marriage in mind, it has since been extended to the implications of same-sex marriage. "If we extend marriage to same-sex couples," asks freelance writer La Shawn Barber, "on what ground can we deny the same to three people? Or 10? Or close relatives? Or adults and children?" Same-sex marriage is not like any of the possible degradations of marriage that are assumed would occur upon its allowance. Polygamy, for instance, would allow a marriage between more than two people, leading to possible maltreatment of children, or favoring the children of one spous... ... middle of paper ... ...NIVERSITY'S HEALTH Q&A INTERNET SERVICE. 11 Jan. 2008. Web. 14 Mar. 2010. . Justice, Elaine. "Emory University | Atlanta, GA | Study Links Gay Marriage Bans to Rise in HIV Rate." EMORY UNIVERSITY HOME PAGE. 4 June 2009. Web. 14 Mar. 2010. . "Loving V. Virginia." UMKC SCHOOL OF LAW. Web. 14 Mar. 2010. . Ochap, Eugene. "Inbreeding in Humans." 22 Mar. 2004. Web. 14 Mar. 2010. . "Polygamists in the Bible" BIBLICAL POLYGAMY. Web. 14 Mar. 2010. . What the Bible Says About. Web. 14 Mar. 2010. .

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