Should Gay Marriage be legalized?

The Pros and Cons of Legalizing Gay Marriage

The Pro Arguments of Legalizing Gay Marriage

  1. Gay marriage would make it easier for same-sex couples to adopt, providing stable homes for children who would otherwise be left in foster care.
  2. Same-sex marriage is a civil right: In 1967, Supreme Court Case Loving v. Virginia confirmed that marriage is "one of the basic civil rights of man." Meaning that same sex marriages should be given the same protections as heterosexual marriages, just as interracial marriages have been given.
  3. If the reason for marriage is strictly reproduction, infertile couples would not be allowed to marry.

The Con Arguments of Legalizing Gay Marriage

  1. Gay marriage is incompatible with the beliefs, sacred texts, and traditions of many religious groups:Expanding marriage to include same-sex couples may lead to churches being forced to marry couples and children being taught in school that same-sex marriage is the same as opposite-sex marriage.
  2. Same-sex marriage has undermined the institution of marriage in Scandinavia:
  3. Sweden began offering same-sex couples benefits in 1987, followed by Denmark in 1989 and Norway in 1993. In result, from 1990 to 2000, Norway's out-of-wedlock birthrate rose from 39% to 50%, Sweden's rose from 47% to 55%. Unmarried parenthood in Denmark rose 25% during the 1990s, and approximately 60% of first born Danish children have unmarried parents.
  4. Marriage should not be extended to same-sex couples because they cannot produce children together.

My Opinion on Legalizing Gay Marriage

In my opinion, I think that Gay Marriage should be legalized and that the homosexuals in the community should not be viewed as Gay, they should viewed as human. Homosexuals in our society today are being given the discrimination and judgement that African Americans were given 1960's. Personally, I think that this is a horrible way to act towards them just because they are different. There is a lot of talk about the idea that "If your gay your automatically a sinner", I am a Christian and a Baptist but, I still don't think that this is true. From everything I've learned from Church and from my family, God judges you by your actions, not what you are labeled as or what your stereo type is. He looks at us all as his children, and does not base his opinion of us on the fact that we are different or like everybody else. He truly gets his opinion of us from our sins, of course we all commit sins everyday and we must ask forgiveness of those sins from him. But it is up to him to grant that forgiveness, and If that homosexual is a genuinely good person, I don't see any reason why he wouldn't grant them forgiveness too.

I know how it is to have someone who is close to you be gay, because my Older half-brother(Tyler) is. But even if he wasn't, I would still have these beliefs on this subject. Tyler is still the same person to me that he was before he came out to me, my older brother who I love. Many people are disgusted or disappointed when they find out a loved one is gay, saying things like "I didn't raise you this way, this goes against everything we've taught you". Some families even choose to kick their child out of the house for simply trying to come out and be honest to their parents. My family and I accept Tyler for who he is and love him as we always have, because thats what you do when your a family. I may not agree with Tyler's lifestyle, but that doesn't mean that I wont support it. I am a proud sister, and i'm not afraid to tell people that he is gay because honestly its nothing to be embarrassed about. Its the same as saying someone is back or white. I think people who have a hard time dealing with people who are homosexual or support homosexuals should practice tolerance. We should respect others regardless of their differences, and quite frankly stay out of that persons business if they have different opinions than us. We are ALL American and we are ALL human, do we need to be classified as anything else?

That's just my opinion.