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Judging the Case of Same-Sex Marriage

Same-sex marriage, also known as gay marriage and lesbian marriage, or marrying someone of similar sex. There is no denying that the legalization of same-sex marriage has been a battle that has been raging since the late twentieth century. Debates usually boil down to the issues of religion and morality. Not many are necessarily against it, yet some governments ban same-sex marriage in their countries. A lot find this notion discriminating, and think that gender is not supposed to matter. One should be free to marry who he/she truly desires. However, the issue is that there are also other people who do not share these opinions. Their view on this is quite conservative since they believe same-sex marriage violates several moral laws. Several seek closure involving this case, so here are a few important points of contention both for and against same-sex marriage as well as the legal issues involved, which may, or may not change your point of view on this topic.

According to Altergott (2012), with the belief that marriage is the foundation for procreation, same-sex couples, without the ability to have their own child, should not be allowed the right of marriage. This also includes the right to make decisions regarding their partner’s medical treatment. Seeing that there are many rights and responsibilities associated with marriage, same-sex couples are denied these and are being discriminated against.

A report by the American Academy of Pediatrics stated that “A growing body of scientific literature demonstrates that children who grow up with 1 or 2 gay and/or lesbian parents fare as well in emotional, social, cognitive and sexual functioning as do children whose parents are heterosexual. Children’s optimal development seems to be influenced more by the nature of the relationships and interactions within the family unit than by the particular structural form it takes.” Since that report was published in 2002, a number of additional studies have been published showing that children with same-sex parents do at least as well on the outcomes studied as children as opposite-sex parents.

As mentioned by Badget (2011), Much of the debate about marriage rights for same-sex couples has focused on material and legal benefits. However, some of the primary benefits of marriage equality for same-sex couples and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people might be psychological.  On a policy level, the social inclusion effect suggests marriage may have significant psychological benefits for same-sex couples.

And, according to Haslam (2017), most obvious is political orientation. Conservatives tend to oppose marriage equality. Although they tend to be more religious than liberals, their opposition to same-sex marriage is not reducible to their religiosity. It might be true, of course, that many people who defend marriage are personally religious or act in part from a religious motivation to promote the common good. But support for marriage does not require belief in the religious teachings of any particular faith.

In the end, it depends on a person’s perspective, not the view of the majority, to tell if same-sex marriage is wrong or not. Attempts to suppress the diversity of opinion should be resisted.

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