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Ashleigh Jarrell
4/12 Discussion
Sun Apr 14, 2013 4:31pm
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I decided to do legalization of gay marriage as my topic for the issue paper. It is a very popular topic in current political debates. There are tons of people arguing for both sides. People on the pro side of gay marriage have many points but the most popular is, everyone deserves to love who they want to and be able to get married. We are all human and deserve to have to same rights is another strong argument. Another supporting point is separation of church and state is being denied because gay marriage is not legal. Marriage is part of many religions and saying a group of people cannot get married because of religion breaks separation of church and state. One of the main reasons homosexual couples want to get married is because of the benefits of marriage. When a person gets married they share most things with their partner such as bank accounts, life insurance policies, and job benefits such as dental care and health care. Some of these benefits are denied if the person is not legally married. Life insurance is another major argument for same sex marriage. If your partner dies most people in a relationship would like to claim the life insurance money. The most common opposing viewpoint disagreeing with gay marriage is “The Bible says it’s wrong.” Many people believe in the quote from Leviticus that says “A man shall not lie with another man as he lies with a woman.” This quote is that major argument against gay marriage. Another strong point is you are denying your children either a father or a mother. Raising a kid without one or the other would be wrong and harmful to the child’s mental health. Along the same lines of “children,” people claim same-sex marriage does not promote family but a sterile community. Same sex couples cannot produce children which will not increase the population and further society. My topic impacts anyone that believes in the institution of marriage. It also impacts any same sex couples that want to get married. People on both sides of this topic have strong viewpoints and neither side is willing to change their mind. Only time will tell which side prevails in the end.

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