Editors note: The news that the Coalition is pushing ahead with a postal vote on the issue of marriage equality has sparked debate at water coolers and breakfast tables across the country. There has been a lot of talk about this gay marriage business bringing about the end of the world. Something about The Gays unhinging their collective maws and swallowing villages whole.
The American Family Association published a list of 10 arguments against same-sex marriage in Ostensibly a summary of James Dobson's Marriage Under Firethe arguments made a very loose case against same-sex marriage based almost entirely on slippery slopes and out-of-context quotations from the Bible. If you've never seen this list before, your first reaction may be anger.
The freedom of speech and religion is regarded as the motto, the key to success is difficult to believe that diversification is important, not to obey many Americans preached. If the United States is a country of opportunity and diversity, why can a homosexual couple be avoided? Homosexual couples are avoided if Americans support religious freedom, as their religious views do not match what most people think should be over.
In the debate over gay marriage, opponents have many arguments that profess their belief that it should not be legal. These include many moral and religious reasons that point to a threat to the sacred institution of marriage. This debate brings up many questions.
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There are civil partnerships available for gays, but marriage is a step too far. A civilized society does not discriminate on grounds of race, religion, sex or sexuality and denial of marriage rights is clear discrimination. Gay and heterosexual couples both deserve the legal rights associated with marriage — on taxes, property ownership, inheritance or adoption.
Granting legal marriage rights to gays and lesbians would threaten the stability of the family, a pillar of our society. Granting legal marriage rights under the law must extend to gays and lesbians to ensure that all citizens enjoy full human rights. Should society encourage traditional values and traditional forms of family life?
Debates over gay marriage involve both legal and social arguments, for and against. Legal arguments on behalf of gay marriage tend to get more attention because it should be a matter of basic civil and equal rights. Yet, it's not demonstrable that gay marriage is harmful.
A large and growing body of scientific evidence indicates that the intact, married family is best for children. If we were asked to design a system for making sure that children's basic needs were met, we would probably come up with something quite similar to the two-parent ideal. Such a design, in theory, would not only ensure that children had access to the time and money of two adults, it also would provide a system of checks and balances that promoted quality parenting.
Ryan Anderson does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. Emotive arguments and questionable rhetoric often characterise debates over same-sex marriage.