The Bond Of Marriage Essay

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The Bond of Marriage

The argument to allow gay couples to marry has been a debatable topic for many years. The authors, Andrew Sullivan and William Bennett have conflicting beliefs to whether gay marriages should be permissible. Sullivan expresses his opinion of the right gays have to marry in his article “Let Gays Marry.” Bennett retaliates with his own article opposing gay marriage. His article “Leave Marriage Alone,” relates his view that same-sex marriage is wrong and unethical. Both authors provide valid information to their opinions.

Andrew Sullivan conveys his idea on gay marriage in his article “Let Gays Marry” published in Newsweek on June 3, 1996, pg 26. ...view middle of the document...

People have used this foundation for marriage as its’ primary source of moral principles. Sullivan does not ask to change church doctrines or religious faith. He is simply asking for the right of same-sex marriage in a country whose establishment was based on separation of church and state. Sullivan believes the negative views surrounding gay marriage should evolve as the original definition of heterosexual marriage has changed throughout the centuries. Marriage was traditionally considered a transfer of women as property to a man. This idea has significantly changed in the recent era. Traditional marriage was also originally between those of the same race. This notion was altered with increased human understanding. The evolution of marriage should now include homosexual marriage because the choice for being male, female, black, white, or gay, is not made by the individual. The argument that marriage is only needed for children is disproved by many prominent heterosexual couples. For example, Pat and Shelly Buchanan and Bob and Elizabeth Dole have no children. Some people fear that the permission of same-sex marriage would expand to polygamy and other immoral sexual acts. Sullivan only wants equal treatment for himself and the gay community. He wishes to live in a society that treats all types of people in a humane fashion.

William Bennett believes homosexual marriage should not be allowed in the gay community. He expresses his opinions in his article “Leave Marriage Alone” published in Newsweek, June 3, 1996, pg 27. Bennett wrote his article in response to Sullivan’s writing. He directs his article to those who favor homosexual marriage or are uncertain of their convictions. He hopes to convince the public of the unjust, moral virtues of gay marriage. Bennett believes there are two issues that oppose each other in the same-sex marriage argument. The first issue supports gay marriage. Marriage, as in any marriage, celebrates the human sacred commitment. Though the intentions for gay marriage may be good, Bennett believes this type of marriage would lead to even more immoral sexual acts. Homosexual marriage could open the door, permitting polygamous marriage, father and daughter matrimony, or two sisters marrying. Bennett believes same-sex marriage would “shatter the conventional definition of marriage,” (Bennett, pg 29). Gay marriage contradicts the traditional views of marriage and most major world religions. This type of marriage goes against the fundamental function of marriage. Marriage is intended to produce and raise children to continue the growth of the human race. Bennett believes marriage is a moral and religious honor created by God. It is a 4,000-year-old custom that...

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