Gay Marriage

Gay Marriage.

Gay Marriage: The Arguments and the Motives Page 1 of 15 Gay Marriage’ T he Arguments and the Motives A personal e.s’.s’uy in l7y,oerre_xI by S.r;’r)ii /31²a’.s’rrup We cannot accept the view that Amendment 2²s prohibition on specific legal protections does no more than deprive homosexuals of special rights. To the eoutrary, the amendment imposes a special disability on those persons alone. Homosexuals are forioidden the safeguards that others enjoy or may seek without constraint -Jusuee Anthony Kennedy, wrz’t.r’ngj?)r the maf˜ori’ry ofrhe U. 5². Supreme C’otm˜ in the deeisirm overru:-ning C’o[oma˜o’.s’ Amendment 2 reflerendzm-2 Ask just about anyone. They’ll all tell you they’re in favor of equal rights for homosexuals. Just name the situation, and ask. They’ll all say, yes, gays should have the same rights in housing,jobs, public accomodations, and should have equal access to government benefits, equal protection ofthe law, etcetera, eteezcra. Then you get to gay marriage. And that’s when all this talk of equality stops dead cold. Nearly seventy percent of people in the U.S. oppose gay marriage, almost the same proportion as are otherwise supportive of gay rights. This means that many of the same people who are even passionately in favor of gay rights oppose gays on this one issue. Why all the passion˜? lt˜s because there is a lot ofmisunclerstanding about what homosexuality really is, as well as the erroneous assumption that gay people enjoy the same civil rights protections as everyone else. There are also a lot of stereotypes about gay relationships, and even a great deal of misunderstanding of what marriage itselfis all about. The purpose of this essay is to clear up a few of these misunderstandings and discuss some of facts surrounding gay relationships and marriage, gay and straight. First, lets discuss what gay relationships are really all about. The stereotype has it that gays are promiscuous, unable to form lasting relationships, and the relationships that do form are shallow and uncommitted. And gays do have such relationships! But the important fact to note is that just like in straight society, where such relationships also exist, they are a small minority, and exist primarily among the very young. Indeed, one of the most frequent 2/21/201 1

Gay Marriage

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