Is Marriage Good Or Bad

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Marriage: Good or Bad?

The debate of same-sex marriage has been going on for years, leading people to question not just gay marriage but marriage itself. Claudia Card and John Finnis are both against same-sex marriage, yet their reasons are vastly different. Card argues that traditional marriage itself is harmful therefore same-sex couples shouldn’t fight for it. Finnis argues that traditional marriage is a valuable institution and allowing same-sex couples to marry would be harmful to society. The two have almost polar opposite ideas on whether traditional marriage is beneficial or not. While I do see some truth in Finnis’ argument, I believe that Card is correct and that traditional marriage is indeed more harmful to society and that
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She also strongly believes marriage can be damaging due to the way legal rights are involved. It’s not monogamous relationships she has a problem with, but marriage itself. “My opposition to marriage is not an opposition to intimacy, nor to long-term relationships of intimacy, nor to durable partnerships of many sorts. I understand marriage as a relationship to which the State is an essential third party,” (page 3) Card writes. One problem she has with marriage is that married couples receive benefits that other unmarried people do not, such as certain kinds of insurance, buying a better house for a cheaper price, getting a raise due to shared income, and more. She gives an example of how historically women would marry based on their spouse’s economical status, since that was the only way women could guarantee economic security for themselves. Card concurs that these benefits are harmful because people will get married to receive these benefits, rather then out of love. She also states that married benefits discriminate against unmarried people. I agree with her claim to some extent, as there are many examples of people getting married for money rather than love. Another example of marital benefits I’d like to mention is how people can gain citizenship, or at least remain in the United States by getting married. There are many stories of this happening. Of course having added these benefits are there for a reason, and obviously people do marry out of love. But there’s no denying that marrying simply out of convenience often happens. I also agree that the system is a bit unfair to unmarried people, however I wouldn’t go as far as to say it is “discriminatory.” People are discriminated because of things they cannot exactly control, such as race, gender, age, and other things. Heterosexual marriage, however, remains in both

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