Same-sex marriage: The Debate
An ongoing national and international controversial issue of interest is same-sex marriage. According to ProCon.org, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, “gay marriage has been legalized in 12 US states” and the District of Columbia. A recent Gallup Poll shows that 53% of Americans believe that same-sex marriages should be legally recognized “with the same rights as traditional marriages.” Despite this increase in support, opponents continue to organize against same-sex marriage.
Opponents of same-sex marriage include organizations such as the National Organization for Marriage, ProtectMarriage.com, and the Marriage Law Foundation. The arguments opposing same-sex marriage include those that state that marriage should be defined as “between a man and woman;” same-sex marriage “[denies] children their right to a mother and a father;” and that it “threatens religious freedom” by imposing beliefs on religions that do not believe in same-sex marriage. The National Organization for Marriage’s recent Marriage March in Washington DC in opposition to same-sex marriage gathered speakers of all walks of life, including religious leaders, political figures and Doug Mainwaring, who is gay and opposes same-sex marriage.
Nation For Marriage (2013, March 26). Marriage March Washington DC. Retrieved March 27, 2013, from http://youtu.be/xYcLY2tbftE
Like opponents of same-sex marriage, supporters also come from different walks of life. Religious leaders, such as Reverend Al Sharpton, a Baptist Minister, support the Human Rights Campaign’s argument in favor of same-sex marriage by stating “all of us must fight for what’s fair and what’s right.” Sharpton also states “as a Baptist minister I don’t have the right to impose my beliefs on anyone else.” The American Academy of Pediatrics is a supporter of same-sex marriage and full adoption “for all parents, regardless of their sexual orientation – as the best way to guarantee benefits and security for their children.” Supporters of same-sex marriage argue that same-sex couples should be entitled to receive the same benefits, such as Social Security, health insurance, pensions; that same sex marriages are entitled to. The trailer for the upcoming documentary Bridegroom, which spurred from a previous YouTube clip, tells the story of a man who was denied information and banned from his partner’s funeral after his death despite the fact that the two had been together for years, purchased a home and owned a business.
L. Bridegroom (2013, April 4). Bridegroom Trailer #1. Retrieved March 27, 2013, from http://youtu.be/uN1F49l8DDc