Traditionally, the term marriage was well known to be the union between two people; that is a man and a woman. But that is not the case in the recent times or in the contemporary society where same sex marriage has gained reputation and acceptance. This can be attributed to the fact that the issues of same sex marriage has been on deliberation by the public with those standing for and against presenting valid arguments. In the United States for instance, the rights of the same sex marriage persons has remained to be most pushed for to the point that they can be equated to the movements that were fighting for the Civil Rights back in the olden times in America (Franke, 2011). The reason that has made the topic to be in the public interest for a longer period of time can be attributed to the fact that both sides base their opinions not only on their religious belief, but also political and sociological opinions. Unfortunately, while other countries have allowed the practice of same sex marriage by law like the United States, others are yet-to conclusively agree on either side (Jost, 2010). It is from that background that this paper will be seeking to elucidate and give further details as why laws in favor of same sex marriage ought to be passed to finally legalize it.
Domineering and imperious thing to note is that, the main objective in marriages is the existence of love between the two individuals that are entering into the marriage union. It does not matter if they are from the same sex or not. That explains why the divorce rates are ever on the increase (Jost, 2010). Hence, it would not make sense for the Christians to advocate for the opposite sex marriage yet they end up in divorce a few years later. The rate of divorce in countries that are yet to consent to same sex marriages can be deduced to be on the rise. Indicators have it that the number is heartbreakingly going up to the rate of 80% in such countries (Gerstmann, 2004). However, the indicators with those countries that have given consent to same sex marriage for they are facing very minimal or no rates of divorce. Another point that the Christians hold onto is the notion that the opposite sex marriage was the only one type of marriage that existed from the olden times. That is not so since there are some instances where it would be deduced that same sex marriages existed although they were not given much publicity. Hence, the point does not hold water, and at the same time, it does not interfere with the normalcy of the marriage institution in any way (Franke, 2011). The fact that the same sex marriage is not thought at schools at the moment ought not to be a reason to hinder its legalization. Just like any other new syllabus, it can be introduced in schools and the children will understand that it is an equivalent to the opposite sex marriage with individuals being the ones that have a choice on which one to opt for. Besides, some religious societies are on record to contend that same sex marriage is not explicitly prohibited (Sullivan & Kackson, 2001). That can be because they have not found any confirmation and substantiation of the same.
Same sex marriage can also be looked at from the political argumentative point. According to the constitution of each and every country, even those that are yet to legalize the same sex marriages, the rights and freedoms of the populace are highly held. Consequently, to safeguard and guarantee equal rights and freedom for each and every individual that the constitution claims to protect, same sex marriages ought to be legalized (Gerstmann, 2004). At the same time, political proponents of same sex marriages are in contradiction of the constitutional’s definition of marriage as a union of two individuals of the opposite sex. They hold that marriage being one of the civil rights, there had better be no restrictions regarding the nature of marriage as far as sexual alignment is concerned (Franke, 2011). That is the only way equal rights and freedoms that are highly held in the constitution are to be endorsed in any given country. That explains why various former American presidents have upraised their voices in support for the same rights of same sex marriage. That is general counters the opinion that marriage ought to be between a man and a woman. President Obama, the current American president has acquiescently declared his stand on the same sex marriage (Cahill, 2004). As a result, such a declaration made president Obama the first President to openly support the gay marriages conforming that they have equal rights to their counterparts.
The tussle for equal rights of marriage holds that, the heterosexual marriage is only against same sex marriage because of proliferation, but hat is a fact that does not hold water. This can be attributed to the fact that adoption as a way of getting children has played a big role in the bringing up of children with equal capabilities (Gerstmann, 2004). It is not uncommon to get married partners that are of the opposite sex not having children after a lengthy marriage period. That can be equated to the same sex married couple since they all will not be having children. But, as it can be deduced from the exceeding elucidated point, Adoption is an option for such parents not forgetting to mention that surrogate mothers can as well be used as options of getting babies (Franke, 2011). That, therefore, dispels the notion that the main reason of two people getting into a married union ought to be getting children. Besides, more than a few groups including the physicians and psychologists have exasperated to make people comprehend that the same sex marriages have the same proficiencies like any other marriage. In addition, they have tried to educate the public that they can love and bring up children that successfully out-compete those on the other side. That, therefore, makes the lack of legitimization of same sex marriage a denial of rights and freedoms for those that are in favor of it (Kitzinger & Coyle, 2002). Alongside that, it will be helpful for those unloved children that have been thrown by their poor parents to the streets. That way, they will be raised in a good environment from where they can grow up to be responsible people helpful to the society (Jost, 2010). That will be on contrast to the people they would have been if they would be left in the streets.
Another reason that the issue of same sex marriage ought to be support is the fact that governments use a large amount of their resources in supporting and running the anti-same sex marriage. Hence, it would save a lot of time, effort, and resources if a country would stop trying to discredit the issue and adopt the laws that allow same sex marriage (Sullivan & Kackson, 2001). On the same note, the enormous aggregated of money that the government will get out of the endorsement of the same sex marriage can be directed to other national development issue (Cahill, 2004). That goes along with the reason at to why many states have opted to award the supporters of same sex marriage rights that they deserve as per the constitution. The current American present himself has superficially quantified that he will not back the anti-same sex marriage organizations since he looks at it from the point of abjuration of their rights at the same time using resources to preventing it. The country will use many resources in the court proceedings aimed at preventing it from seeing the light of day. Moreover, more advantages are to be gained in the process of accepting the same sex marriage to be legitimate (Franke, 2011). For instance, there will be a better indulgence of the same sex marriages subject something that will allow people to become more open-minded and understanding.
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