Do Gays And Lesbians Deserve The Same Rights As Everyone Else?

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Do gays and lesbians deserve the same rights as everyone else? The issue of same-sex marriage in the United States arose in the early 1970’s, and is still to this day an extremely controversial topic of debate. Individuals who support same-sex marriage fight not only for social acceptance, but to have the same benefits as every other person. On the contrary, individuals who are against same-sex marriage fight for their religious beliefs, personal beliefs on family values, and the meaning of marriage. However, per recent polls, more adults between the age 50 and 64 had changed their views. Furthermore, about 7 in 10 people between the ages of 18 and 34 favor same-sex marriage. (Swanson) The opposition to same-sex marriage brings up many concerns, such as religion, the effect on families and the true meaning of marriage. The bible says, “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them” (Leviticus 20:13). This belief follows that male and female were created to reproduce, and that homosexuality is a sin, since same-sex couples do not produce offspring. Furthermore, same-sex marriage goes against the traditional meaning of family. The traditional meaning of family is the commitment between male and female, who come together as husband and wife, to produce and to raise children of their own. Same-sex marriage denies a child either a father or a mother. Lastly, marriage has always…

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