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Author: Eric Mack
It is time to address a hot button issue about which many have raised their voices. We need to keep in mind that this issue must be evaluated in the eyes of the law when deciding public policy. We need to ask ourselves the following: Does same-sex marriage infringe upon the rights of others? Does banning same-sex marriage infringe on the rights of homosexuals? Does same-sex marriage benefit society?
Let’s look at the first question we need to ask. If same-sex marriage was legalized, would anything change for heterosexuals? The answer is clearly no. There would be nothing that would have to change in the everyday life of people around a married homosexual couple. Homosexuality is not a contagious disease. Therefore, no one can just catch it. So there is no harm to others if gay marriage is legalized.
Does banning same-sex marriage infringe on the rights of homosexuals? The answer here is a clear yes. There are many tax laws that benefit married couples. If homosexuals are not allowed to marry, we would be depriving citizens of liberty. The Declaration of Independence states, that all men deserve the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. If same-sex marriage is banned, at least two of these will be taken away from homosexuals, and you could argue that life may be harmed for them as well.
If same-sex marriage is banned due to the arguments of, “The Bible defines marriage as…” and “God created Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve,” then the right of religious freedom will be nonexistent. This country was founded upon the belief of religious freedom. However, if these are the main arguments to ban same-sex marriage, the belief of Christians is being forced upon the whole country. Therefore, it would be unconstitutional to ban same sex marriage based on these two statements. These two statements make a great case for same-sex marriages to not take place in Christian Churches. Marriage in the Church should be limited to heterosexuals if that is belief held by that church. However, the legalization of same-sex marriage, is not a religious issue.
Now, can we say that same-sex marriage would benefit society? The answer here is yes as well. According to adoptuskids.org, more than 20,000 children “age out” of foster care every year. The site also states that 250,000 children are available for adoption every year. Adoption is obviously the one of the few ways a same-sex couple can have a child. Ideally, it is best for a child to have a mother and father in his/her life. However, having two loving parents is much better than having nothing. We have all heard the joke: “People need a license to drive. There should be a license to be a parent.” Keep in mind that homosexuals cannot have children by accident.
There are a few things to remember about same-sex marriage. One of them is to think as an American and not let your religious belief affect your decision. Religion can not be a factor in this decision. Secondly, it must be remembered that every U.S. citizen is entitled to the same rights (with the exception of criminals). Lastly, think about society. No matter what Religion you are, we are all Americans and that is the only way we can approach this topic.