Society will ask “should homosexual marriage be legalized?”, however, the contradictory outlook is “why should society be able to dictate what two adults choose to do?” If two people decide to participate in traditional marriage, no one cares. No one calls the papers. No one protests. No one commits hate crimes. It is assumed that they are two people who are in love, and feel warmth for one another. How could those feeling ever be wrong? But when this case is changed to a nontraditional marriage between a man and another man, or a woman and another woman, a large portion of society has many objections. They feel that it is their responsibility to make their objections heard. They decided then that they care. They call the papers, they protest and they commit hate crime...
In more and more states, same-sex marriages are becoming legal, and benefits are being given to the married couple, as they should be. However, there are still the states that are delayed in their rights, but are slowly making progress. This law would speed along the inevitability of equality. This has been a long time coming, but even though many fear that by giving the LGBT+ community the right to marry who they please, that the end result would somehow ruin the country, in reality, most people would not be affected in the slightest. These people believe that if a gay couple is married, then people will try to marry their cousin, (which surprisingly, is actually already legal in about 25 states), or even a beloved pet or farm animal. They take these ideas to the extreme to try to scare away the ideas of equality from those who don’t know much about the issues, and at the same time, try to dehumanize the LGBTQA+ community. This is similar to when blacks and women fought for their right to vote. They believed that if these other groups were allowed to vote, then the country would spiral into chaos, when in reality, it only helped make the country stronger and more united in its
The fight to legalize gay marriage has won many battles in recent years. It has become available in Canada, England, New Zealand, and here in the United States it is now legal in 13 states (religioustolerence.org). Gay couples have become more prominently accepted in modern society, appearing in popular TV shows such as “Modern Family” and “The New Normal”. Gay marriage is even the inspiration for popular songs such as “Same Love” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Even with same sex couples being more commonly accepted, there are still conservative and religious leaders that remain opposed. It is this opposition that has prevented gay marriage from becoming legal in most of the country. Gays and lesbians are Americans just like everyone else, and deserve the same rights. Discrimination to a minority is supposed to be against the law, but still somehow manages to exist for the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community. Preventing same sex couples from marrying is not only denying them their civil rights, it is also discriminating against their innocent family members.
Since the beginning of time, Homo sapiens have discriminated against people with differences such as color of skin, religion, politics, and more. Over the years, society has changed to accept these differences, yet Americans still ostracize the gay community as if they were less than human. Currently one specific controversy comes to mind in consideration of gays, and that is gay marriage. The controversies surrounding gay marriage include the legal, religious, and philosophical problems that allowing gay marriage could cause. The United States currently does not recognize gay partnerships as legal marriages, and therefore when gay partners file for a tax refund both partners must mark single for the type of relationship. Though the United States federally does not allow homosexual marriages, states like Connecticut, Vermont, Massachusetts, Washington, Iowa, New York, and New Hampshire allow such marriages, and even more states recognize civil unions such as Illinois California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington and Wisconsin. With these states bringing more attention to gay marriage, the debate over this right has come to the forefront of the 2012 presidential campaign. The definition of marriage is traditionally between a man and a woman which is why the anti-gay marriage groups protest the concept of having two men or two women marry. Research shows that those opposed to gay marriage have used the costs associated with benefits, as well as religious and secular philosophical concerns as points on their flawed platform.
Firstly, the debate over whether homosexual men and women should be allowed to get married, and receive all the legal benefits that go along with the institution, is one of the foremost social issues in our country today. For the most part, Republicans in recent years have taken a conservative anti-marriage stance on this issue, while democrats have been keener on supporting marriage equality. While I know this issue is surrounded by religious and political debate, I personally don’t see anything wrong with allowing two people who are in love to receive equal benefits like their straight counterparts. As someone who firmly believes a person is born gay or straight, to deny a fellow human being something as fundamental as the right to marriage seems cruel to me.
Love What is love? It seems to be a pretty simple word, but there is so much meaning behind it. Love is difficult to define, difficult to measure, and frequently difficult to understand. Love is what great writers write about; great philosophers wonder about; singers sing about. Love is a very powerful emotion.
What is love? That is the question. Love is different to everyone. Love has an effect on everyone's lives. Like in fictional shows, popular 80’s hits and even in movies. Not everyone know what love is. People often struggle with what love is. So what is love we ask. Well in the story Symposium they identify what love is. The main idea is everyone is telling their own view of what love is, this relates to the song “ I Want To Know What Love Is”-Foreigner and The Notebook, this relates to the world because many people struggle to know what love is.
“I love you”. No other sequence of words has so much power; these words have the power to strengthen a bond, weaken a relationship, ruin a friendship or bring two people together. The concept of love is puzzling and we have struggled to understand it for centuries, everything between the Greek goddess Aphrodite and today’s Romantic comedies have attempted to comprehend and explain it. The theme of love is popular in Donne’s early poetry. His understanding of love from the perspective of a protestant preacher reveals much about the anti-Christian sentiments and of the scientific revolution of the 17th century. A close analysis of Donne’s poem, “Love’s Alchemy” and of the film “When Harry Met Sally” reveals the strength behind Donne’s idea that sex is the end goal in relationships and that true love is physical.
Everyone has their own interpretation of love. They all have their own meaning and understanding. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary the definition of love is, “strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties”(Merriam-Webster), the dictionary definition tells us that it is a feeling toward someone you know and have some sort of connection with. However, to each and every person love has a different meaning that relates to how they have experienced love in the past, and what they have seen or heard about love. Regardless of what each person believes love might mean, the science behind it cannot be changed. Understanding the science of love will give it a definite meaning, inform us why we have love, and it can reshape you.
The concept of the erotic, as defined by Andre Lorde in “Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power,” is proposed as the solution to the problems of free will in Dostoyevsky’s The Grand Inquisitor. In this essay, I will analyze the story of the Grand Inquisitor and Jesus to critique the false authority the Catholic Church provides, naming a shared community of faith and love as justification for allowing free will to exist without a hierarchal power that attempts to provide security. The Church’s concern for the collective will is suppressing to the singular will, but the social relationships that erotic power relies on constructs a community that is both attentive to the needs of the individual and the public.