The issue of same-sex marriage is highly charged and debated, encompassing a wide variety of beliefs and viewpoints. Those against it usually maintain that marriage is between a man and a woman, that same-sex marriage will weaken the institution of marriage and some also object to it on religious grounds. Those who support same-sex marriage are typically of the opinion that two consenting adults have the right to be in a relationship with each other and receive he social, emotional, economic and financial benefits of marriage.
Why should same- sex marriage be legal? The argument that traditional marriage will be weakened isn’t strong enough, because with divorce, blended families, cohabitation and perhaps the structure of the animal kingdom, traditional marriage itself can be objected to in several ways or seen as “unnatural” in society. There are many arguments against traditional marriage and people who don’t believe in it, but that doesn’t mean that people can’t get married, so the same should be true of same-sex marriages.
It doesn’t hurt anyone else, or their marriage, if two committed individuals, who happen to be of the same sex, marry each other. In fact, statistics show that it has the opposite effect, often lowering divorce rates. One of the reasons people don’t suppport same-sex marriage is mainly because of how certain religions view same- sex for example the Islam faith believe being in a same-sex marriage is “an ugly sin which Allah forbids in all religions, even in the most primitive ones and it is against the ordinances of Allah and against the law of nature.
Some people go on to say “how someone allows or gives a legal sanction to such a widespread act that poses a threat to the whole human race and destroys our fabric of society like cancer” I can infer from these quotes that having a relationship with the same sex is highly unacceptable in the Islam faith and in some cases can led to execution which is still legal in Eastern Europe, but its not Just in the Islam faith where same-sex marriage has been seen as an abombmination and it doesnt fit the norms and values of odays’ society ‘gender socialisation’, this causes many family affairs in the household if someone reveals that he or she is gay and the household rejects the person becaues of their religious belief the person could be exiled from the household which leds to him/her being homeless, imagine being exiled by your own family because of your gender role. Do you think anyone deserve that? In addition into the issue, children often come into the debate. Some people argue that traditional marriage is about reproducing (Functionalist view), but that definition excludes nfertile couples, couples who don’t want to have children ‘Empty nest’, and older couples. When it comes to same-sex couples, children exist whether people agree with it or not, and they need protection and rights. Their families shouldn’t be denied stability and legal protections.
Aside from children that already exist in same-sex households, there are a lot of children waiting to be adopted, that could be adopted by married same-sex couples. If the stigma and legal issues were lifted, more children woul d nave loving homes. Aside trom arguments about marriage, social tatistics, children, and religion, there is also a moral and compassionate side to this subject. If we don’t really know what it’s like to be gay, lesbian or bisexual and be told we’re not allowed to marry the person we love and want to share the rest of our life with, then we can’t put this on other people. It’s not Just about standing at an altar and saying “l do. Of course it’s about love, but it’s also about being able to visit each other in hospital, inheritance, making decisions, children, and all of the everyday things that most people take for granted.
The final point is that commonly held viewpoints vastly change over time, and that’s how society moves forward and serves its citizens. Just because something has been a certain way for an extended period of time, doesn’t make it right. There was a time that interracial marriage was illegal and segregation existed. There was a time when women couldn’t vote and gender inequality was a lot worse than it is now. There are so many other examples about how society has evolved over time, for the better. And making same-sex marriage legal is no different.