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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…[continue]
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