Arguing to Inquire

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Likewise, heterosexual couples often

engage in adultery, and homosexual couples often choose to remain monogamous in their


Those in favor of legalizing gay marriage remind us that, while unmarried couples

may file paperwork to secure some of the rights that are granted automatically by formal,

state-sanctioned marriage, many states impose restrictions limiting some of those rights

to married persons. They compare restricting marriage based on sexual orientation to

historical laws that once prohibited marriage based on the respective race of the

prospective partners much earlier in this country's history.

Similarly, they consider it inappropriate to maintain a legal definition of marriage

that is based on any biblical teachings or religious beliefs, because that violates

separation of Church and State.

Discussion of the Arguments:

It is difficult to understand the so-called "slippery slope" concern, because gay

marriage does not involve any of the cited types of relationships mentioned in that

argument. Polygamy, incest, and bestiality already take place in society without

legalized gay marriage, and proponents of gay marriage are equally opposed to those

practices. Mormon cultures in Utah, in particular, practice polygamy while absolutely

prohibiting homosexuality, for just one example.

While ensuring healthy family units is a very worthwhile goal, more than half of

all heterosexual marriages end in divorce, and domestic violence is predominantly a

crime that, when it occurs, takes place within heterosexual marriage. Certainly, the state

does have an interest in promoting healthy and safe home environments, but none of the

fifty states requires prospective heterosexuals to undergo any kind of diagnosis or

counseling about healthy family life before sanctioning their marriages.

Objectively, it is very difficult to understand the objection to legalizing

gay marriage on the basis of procreative ability. Nowadays, many heterosexual married

couples choose to remain childless. The state does not impose restrictions on marriage

after menopause, either. If the only valid purpose for marriage were procreation, why

would the state allow senior citizens to marry? Other couples remain married (even

happily) despite the fact that they discover that one or both of them is infertile.

Sometimes, they choose to adopt, but then again, so do homosexual couples.

Furthermore, it is difficult to understand the argument that restricting marriage to

heterosexual couples necessarily…[continue]

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