GAY MARRIAGE 5
Marriageis defined across many cultures as a binding contract between twoloving people. It is recognized by law and involves certain socialrights and duties. Many people argue that marriage is a religiousrite. Most states recognize different types of marriages that includesame-sex marriage. This is a relationship between people of the samegender. Gay marriage has brought a lot of ethical controversy(Laycock et al., 2008). The laws recognizing gay marriage wereenacted during the twenty-first century and as at May 21, 2014 morethan fifteen states had already consented to the Gay marriage withMassachusetts top in the list.
TheSupreme Court in the U.S has addressed many issues regarding same-sexmarriage and the participation of businesses in support to gaymarriages on their weddings. The court argues that one is at libertyto participate and cannot be held liable if he abstains from such aceremony that he believes violates his religious beliefs.
Today,marriage is defined as a legal binding covenant between lovingcouples. This is extended to include all the loving couplesirrespective of the sex of the partners involved. Same-sex couplesare viewed as underprivileged in the society as compared toheterosexual couples. Many are appreciating and are familiar withthis type of marriage and respect exists amongst people in thesociety and one is rarely discriminated on grounds of marriagepartners chosen. Laws governing antidiscrimination of gay people havebeen enacted. This ensures that they are not segregated from thesociety. The U.S constitution has enacted laws that govern and defendthose practicing same-sex marriages. It also provides amendments thatallow its citizens to exercise their religious beliefs freely withoutinterference.
Gaymarriage is debated worldwide. These debates are very emotional andcrucial and result to different opinions that are in favor or againstit. Most of these opinions are based on ones own biased reasoningarguing that marriages are legal institutions that enhance andpromote procreation. This is since some couples are infertile. Different states differ in laws governing gay marriages with somedictating that both gay men and lesbians should be accorded equalrights as those of heterosexual people. Gay marriage is largelysupported by those who view it as a civil right and no restrictionsshould be given to those of different sexual orientation (Laycock etal., 2008).
Argumentsfavoring same-sex marriages are mostly based on civil rights andlegal matrimonial arguments. Some Christians are in support of thesemarriages with an assumption that all people are creations from Godand they should be respected. They argue the main agenda in marriageis happiness and companionship and hence all should be given anopportunity to enjoy.
TheU.S law also provides for freedom of speech. This is provided for inthe First amendment of the bills of right in the constitution of theUnited States. For instance, On October 29, 2013 in Washington, theAttorney general sued Florist Barronelle Stutsman for refusal toprovide floral arrangements to same-sex couple. The gay couple arguedthat they were hurt and embarrassed. On her defense, Florist arguedthat he had the right of speech and the state should not force her todo what contradicts to her religious beliefs.
Onthe other hand, most arguments against gay marriages are based onreligious beliefs. The Holy Bible has an ultimate knowledge andexplains this, hence cannot be questioned. They proclaim that GodHimself declared homosexuality a sin. (Leviticus 18 22). Numerouspeople argue that making same-sex marriage legal is an act ofunjustified intrusion by the state into religious matters. A numberof these religious denominations discriminate them to the extent ofrefusing to offer them services (Laycock et al., 2008). Most of thepeople view it as an immoral act that violates human sexuality.
Afraction of Christians are against it quoting that a man was createdfor the woman but not man for man. They only recognize heterosexualmarriages as a basic element in the society. The Islamic religionjoins hands in rejecting and condemning these acts referring to themas immoral.
Further,it is urged that same-sex marriage will undermine marriageinstitutions. Religions claim that marriage is Sacred and Holy andsuch immoral acts of desecration undermine the Biblical teachings.These assumptions are perceived as weak because such unions cause noharm to the society. The society has a duty to encourage and supportmarriage and should not act in a manner that will harm marriage inthe long run.
Themedia has also criticized same-sex marriage. They find itobjectionable and refuse to publish stories related to same-sexmarriages. Research has indicated that children raised in ahomosexual environment are likely to provide their children in aheterosexual way. Raising a child in a homosexual way is denying himparental right. Gay marriage has no harm to the partners involved butdenying them the right to marry, causes harm to them.
Laycock,D., Picarello, A. R., & Wilson, R. F. (2008). Same-sexmarriage and religious liberty: Emerging conflicts.Washington, D.C.: Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty.