Essay on Same-Sex Marriage

2345 Words Dec 14th, 2012 10 Pages
Same-Sex Marriage and Tradition
Nancy Messer
University of Phoenix
Business Communications and Critical Thinking
COM275
Fernando Gutierrez-Rueda
November 01, 2012

Same Sex-Marriage and Tradition
Gay marriage violates tradition. The definition of “tradition”, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is a “long-established custom or belief that has been passed on from one generation to another”. It has been a long-established custom and belief that marriage should only exist between a man and a woman. “A central point of contention in the national debate over same-sex marriage is the importance of preserving tradition. Opponents of such bans argue that tradition is an illegitimate justification for the bans, while defenders of
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In 1776 the political leaders and statesmen of the original thirteen colonies of the United States of America drafted and signed the Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, which among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” (Independence Hall Association, 1995) There were no exemptions written.
Arguments against same-sex marriage vary depending on the opponents moral, religious, and traditional beliefs. One main argument is that including same-sex marriage in the laws forces tax payers to foot the bill for the benefits that will then be available to this non-traditional couple. These include Social Security and employer provided benefits. Where this argument loses its validity is in its nearsightedness. We pay our state and federal income tax based on our income, and everyone pays the same rate in sales tax based on their location. These taxes are not figured based on the taxpayer’s sexual orientation and preference. Let’s look at this argument from another angle. If lawmakers submitted a bill that homosexuals will pay less taxes then heterosexuals, would the argument for equality come in to play? If all citizens are expected to pay taxes equally then they should be allowed the same benefits financed by those taxes based on equality and not denied those benefits based on their

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