why I support proposal 8

Below is a paper I wrote for my philosophy class on gay marriage, I included both sides of the argument. This is not to offend anyone; but if you’re entitled to your opinion, so am I.

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Gay Marriage by Brooke White

​Now more than ever the topic of should America’s gays be able to marry has been a huge topic of debate in about the last decade or so. As of November 2012 seven states have gay marriage legalized. I however, believe that gay marriage should not be legalized or accepted in society for reasons other than religious purposes due to the fact that being homosexual is unnatural, and accepting it will ruin humanity, and I will prove this in this paper.

​To bring me to my first point, legalizing gay marriage will create a slippery slope effect by allowing other groups such as Polygamist to push for allowing their change to the definition of marriage. Even by changing the marriage definition to: two consenting adults, why should we only listen to one minority group? What would be the justification to allow marriage between gays and not polygamist, when the basis of both arguments is that you should be able to marry who you love? With no clear definition of marriage being between one man and one woman with the gay legalization, who is to say that incestuous groups and polygamist wouldn’t make that argument since they are in love with the person, why can’t they marry who they want to marry? Changing the definition for one group cannot be justified while denying that right to the other. Gay marriage is not denying the gay community of minority rights because rights are something you are born with. For example, one does not choose if their sex, race, etc. Until proven with certainty that being gay is something that is caused by nature and not nurture, homosexuality and being able to marry is NOT guaranteed by the Constitution. Marriage is not born a right. Society can choose to endorse certain types of sexual arrangements and give support in the form of benefits to these arrangements. Marriage was created to allow society to support heterosexual couples in procreation and society can choose not to give the same benefits to same-sex couples. Marriage especially was made to protect children to prevent one parent from abandoning with no recourse. Since gays cannot procreate, why should they be allowed to marry when they don’t even fit the criteria of why marriage came about in the first place? It’s not a civil right because it does not meet the criteria of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 include (1) a history of longstanding, widespread discrimination, (2) economic disadvantage, and (3) immutable characteristics… any type of sexual orientation does not meet any of the three objective criteria shared by the historically protected civil rights categories.

​One may argue that gay marriage is there is no such thing as traditional marriage in a sense of the nuclear family (biological mother, father, and children). Due to the commonness of modern and ancient examples of family arrangements based on polygamy, having mistresses, and other examples, that heterosexual monogamy can be considered “unnatural” in evolutionary terms. Depending on which studies you look at, some scientist due agree that being gay is something that an individual is born with, and that it is not a choice. Even though marriage is not a “born right”, it denies homosexual couples the different rights that married couples have, such as financial rights, adoption rights, and hospital visitation rights.

​The fact that the traditional nuclear family is dying, is the exact reason why marriage needs to be protected. By making that argument alone, it is as if gay advocates are insinuating that the relationship of gays are more likely to withstand marriage, which of course there is no data to support that. In fact, the point that divorce rates are high among heterosexual marriages is completely irrelevant, because it holds no merit to either argument of why gays should or not be married. There are other ways to ensure homosexual couples the same rights are married heterosexual couples, such as the legal acknowledgement of Civil Unions, which couples still had financial and hospital rights.

​Next, it confuses children about gender roles and expectations of society, and only a man & woman can pro-create. With traditional marriages, the average family consists of a man, woman, and children. It gay marriage becomes accepted, when children now see a family of two men and a baby, it will lead to confusion since only a man and woman can pro-create. That in itself proves how unnatural homosexuality is. If the argument that homosexuality is not a choice, why is it not shown and accepted in other specie communities, when we are similar to most animal species in biological ways? That is because homosexual behavior is learned and not born.

​Some would say that homosexuality is not a learned behavior. According to The Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association found that more than a century of research has shown “no support whatsoever for the view that either civilization or viable social orders depend upon marriage as an exclusively heterosexual institution. Rather, anthropological research supports the conclusion that a vast array of family types, including families built upon same-sex partnerships, can contribute to stable and humane societies.” Currently, there is no evidence to support either side’s argument whether homosexuality is a biological trait, therefore one group can’t “discriminate” against one group for something they may or may not be able to control.

​Lastly, People should not have their tax dollars used to support something they find wrong. The USA is already in a tough economic state right now, and we simply do not have the money to give out to homosexual couples, if gay marriage becomes legal. Gay couples would be entitled to typical marriage benefits: tax exemptions for a spouse, social security payments from a deceased spouse and coverage by a spouse’s health insurance policy. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the cost to the federal government of extending employment benefits to same-sex domestic partners of certain federal employees will be about 300 million.

​However on the other hand, Gay marriages can bring financial gain to state and local governments. Revenue from gay marriage comes from marriage licenses, higher family income taxes could help stimulate the economy. The Comptroller for New York City found that legalizing gay marriage would bring $142 million to the City’s economy and $184 million to the State’s economy three years in just that city alone.

​Even though that one estimate of $184 million into the New York City economy sounds great, it still does not make a profit when considering it will national cost $300 million to our already struggling economy.
​In conclusion, gay marriage should not be legalized because it will lead to the downfall of society by confusing children, leading a slippery slope for other nontraditional marriage groups, cost the economy, and goes against natural biological laws. Being gay is not a civil right, and is not protected under the US constitution. Society should not have to fear saying no to gay marriage just because we are getting increasingly politically correct. If one group can change the will of society by just playing the “discrimination card” who’s to say that won’t start other groups to do the same. Society needs to stand its ground and say NO to gay marriage.

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3 Responses to “why I support proposal 8”
  1. This is very well written and I agree with every word.

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