Essay on Gay Marriage

1236 Words Jun 11th, 2012 5 Pages
Running head: LEGALIZING GAY MARRIAGE

Factors In Favor of and Against Legalizing Gay Marriage in the United States
David Vance
May 28, 2012
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Instructor Verhaegh
Argosy University

Factors In Favor of and Against Legalizing Gay Marriage in the United States

Proposal/ Issue:
Gay marriage should be legalized in the United States.
Six Reasons For: Weakest to Strongest 1. Other countries (Denmark, Canada etc.) have legalized gay marriage. (Bidstrup, 2009) The United States prides itself on being the forefront and a leader in all things so they should be leading the way for gay marriage as well. 2. The definition of what a family is has changed significantly in
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Gay couples do not have the same rights in this country that heterosexual couples enjoy. For example, if I were to go into the hospital or die, under the current laws of this country, my partner would have no rights where I was concerned. My family could forbid him from seeing me in the hospital or attending my funeral. He would not have any say in the way that I would be cared for or in my final wishes. My family could also challenge any will I would have in place and try to shut him out of any sort of right of survivorship that he would have to my estate.(Bidstrup, 2012). These are just a few brief examples of the type of injustice that could and do happen everyday in this country to gay couples because they do not have the same rights to marriage and protection under the law as heterosexual couples.

Weakest Reason For: Other countries (Denmark, Canada etc.) have legalized gay marriage. (Bidstrup, 2012). The United States prides itself on being the forefront and a leader in all things so they should be leading the way for gay marriage as well.
Just because other countries have legalized gay marriage does not mean that is reason enough for the United States to do it. There clearly is no case or sound reasoning with this argument.

Six Reasons Against: Weakest to Strongest 1. Homosexuals will use this as a

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