The same sex marriage has been controversial in the United States of American and around the world since time in memorial. In the United States, the controversial issue has hit the headlines since 1969 when the Stonewall Riots occurred in New York. Many organizations, religions, politicians and scholars have given their views in respect to the topic of same sex marriage. Many states has have legalized same sex marriages while others have made it illegal. The debate on same sex marriages is far from over, as evidence in many court cases between activists. This research paper evaluates the pros and cons of same sex marriage; however, it is evident that, to some extent, the cons overcome the pros, thus same sex marriage should be banned.
Those advocating for same marriage activist base their argument the same sex couples should be allowed to enjoy their commitments to one another as witnessed in heterosexual marriages, an argument supported by some religious groups (Goldingay, 2011). Pro same sex marriages argue that the couple should also be allowed to enjoy same benefits as heterogeneous couples because they also have dependents and families through adoption of children (Rose, 2011). Those advocating for same sex marriage argue that they gay or lesbians did not make a choice during birth not to be straight, therefore, their traditional ideology of marriage being between woman and man is wrong (Mortein, n.d.). According to Dang (2005), opposing is same sex marriages is viewed as a kind of discrimination against their rights similar to the racial discrimination that resulted to civil rights movements.
Those activists against same sex marriage argue that traditionally, marriages definition entailed of a union between a man and a woman. The same sex marriages weaken the institution of marriage thus increasing the rate of divorce (Eipsten, n.d.). Allowing sex marriage marriages can result to a slippery slope as activists will emerge to advocate for non-traditional relationships to marry, such may include bestiality, and incestuous marriages (Dolan, 2013). In economies where same sex is legalized, heterosexual marriages have been undermined and is slowed dying (Luke, 2012). According to McVeigh (2009), same sex marriages should be banned because they will reflect bad values of the society and majority of the citizens do not advocate for same sex marriages.
It is apparent that same sex marriage is a greatly controversial issue where all the citizens have a role to play as they enjoy their freedom of expression. Based on the above arguments by the opponents and proponents of same sex marriages, it is evident that same sex marriage has more disadvantages than advantages, therefore it should be banned.
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