Same Sex Marriage Debate

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The gay marriage debate is complex, to say the least. Bitter, emotional, and controversial are just a few words that can be used to describe it. In 2004, Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same sex marriage; since then twelve states have approved gay marriage (Shapiro). Even though some states have decided to legalize same sex marriage others are standing firm on constitutional amendments that ban it. Deciding whether or not gay couples should be allowed to marry is drawing passion from both sides of the issue. Everyone has an opinion, and no one seems willing to compromise. Is it right that heterosexual couples can marry but homosexual couples cannot? Well, it depends on the individual answering the question. Those who respond to the question from a biblical view would say yes. Expressing that God created man first and then he created the woman so that man would not be alone; thus the union of marriage has been formed since the beginning of creation; ordained by God. Someone responding from a legal viewpoint would argue that gay couples should have the right to marry and that denying them the right to do so is unconstitutional. Tackling issues of equality, religion, and personal opinions makes it quite a challenge for lawmakers that are trying to figure out a way to please individuals on both sides of the issue. The debate for the most part stems from two very different opinions. La Shawn Barber, author of “Interracial Marriage: Slippery Slope?” opposes same sex marriage and strongly believes that marriage should be between a man and a woman. Andrew Sullivan, author of “The Right's Contempt for Gay Lives” supports same-sex marriage and believes that any two people that want to be married should be allowed to do ... ... middle of paper ... ...dividuals opposing same sex marriage should understand that homosexuality does not stop them from staying true to their values; nor does it harm heterosexual marriages. La Shawn Barber and Andrew Sullivan have very different views on the issue. However, they both agree that traditional marriage should not be changed or weekend (Sullivan). The two also agree that everyone is entitled to equal treatment under the law (Barber). Common ground can be found in most conflicts, but it will not matter if no one is willing to compromise. It appears that public opinion is changing towards gay marriage. More people are supporting it or at the least, have become tolerant of it. Even so, those who oppose gay marriage are passionate as ever and have no intention of quitting the debate. Likewise, those who support gay marriage vow not to quit fighting until it is legal everywhere.

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