Should Same Sex Marriages Be Allowed?
An ongoing debate: Should gay and lesbian couples be allowed to legally marry? In the opposing articles from Newsweek (June 3, 1996), Andrew Sullivan defends the rights of gay marriage in “Let Gays Marry” and William Bennett expresses the opposite view in “Leave Marriage Alone.” Sullivan is one of the editors for The New Republic and has also authored a book entitled Virtually Normal: An Argument about Homosexuality. [Gruber 25] Bennett is best known as the editor of The Book of Virtues and is also the co-director of Empower America. [Gruber 29] Obviously, both parties have had experience in the topics they discuss. Through both articles, the reader is shown both perspectives into
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One of those rights, he claims, should be the marriage of two people. Sullivan says that they are hurt by society just because they are different; he thinks everyone should have the right to marry the one they truly love, which hits people emotions in attempt to get them to agree with him. To help with his argument, he points out some laws that have been changed, making it possible to change the present circumstances. Earlier in American History, it was a custom that the wife was the property of her husband, which Sullivan claims has since been changed. He believes that if that law could be changed, what’s the difference in changing it to allow same-sex marriages? Sullivan thinks that Americans are too closed minded when it comes to allowing this change and that it really wouldn’t be hurting anyone. He also points out the fact that there is a separation between church and state, and that a legal marriage should have nothing to do with religion. Since most religions are the main opponents of homosexuality, if you get rid of the religious involvement in marriage, Sullivan doesn’t see any problem.
William Bennett’s opposing view is that the marriage of homosexuals is wrong. He uses mostly emotion and good ethics on his side. Bennett states that marriage is such a sacred and special thing that if it were given to everyone no matter what, it would weaken the institution. Same sex marriage would completely stretch the idea of