The idea of same-sex marriage has been one of hot debate historically…often being met with strong opposition in the United States. In light of that, and as with most stories there are usually two sides.
Prior to the US Supreme Court rendering their ruling resulting in the legalization of same-sex marriage in the US, there were many pro and con arguments related to whether or not same-sex marriage should be legalized. Although the list for each side is exhaustive, here are some gay marriage pros and cons that were at the forefront of the question.
Gay Marriage: Con Arguments (those against same-sex marriage)
- Same-sex marriage undermines the institution of marriage that has traditionally been defined as being between a man and a woman.
- Marriage is for procreation (having children) and shouldn’t be extended to same-sex couples since they are not able to produce children together.
- There are consequences for children of same-sex marriages as children need to have a male father and female mother.
- Same-sex marriages increase the chances of leading to other unaccepted marriages and non-traditional marriages such as incest, polygamy, and bestiality.
- Same-sex marriage is consistent with homosexuality, which is immoral and unnatural.
- Same-sex marriage violated the word of God, thus is incompatible with the beliefs of many religions.
- Same-sex marriages will result in people having their tax dollars used to support something that they don’t believe in or believe is wrong.
- Legalizing same-sex marriage promotes and advances the homosexual agenda, with children being targeted.
- Civil unions and domestic partnerships afford many of the rights of marriage, thus marriage should not be expanded to include same-sex couples.
- Same-sex marriage will speed up the assimilation of gay individuals into the mainstream heterosexual culture which will be detrimental to the homosexual community.
Gay Marriage: Pro Arguments (those in favor of same-sex marriage)
- Couples are couples, whether same-sex or not. Thus, same-sex couples should be afforded the same access to the same benefits enjoyed by heterosexual married couples.
- Singling out and denying a group to marry based upon their sexual orientation is discrimination and subsequently, creates a second class of citizens.
- Marriage is an internationally recognized human right for all people.
- Prohibiting same-sex marriage violated the 5th and 14th Amendments of the US Constitution.
- Marriage is a basic civil right and same-sex marriage is a civil right, right along with freedom from employment discrimination, equal pay for women, and fair sentencing for minority criminals.
- If marriage is only for procreation, heterosexual couples unable or unwilling to have children should also be prevented from marrying.
- Being a same-sex couple doesn’t make them any less qualified or able to be a good parent.
- There are religious leaders and churches that do support same-sex marriage. Furthermore, may state that it is consistent with scripture.
- Same-sex marriage legalization is correlated with lower divorce rate, whereas same-sex marriage bans are correlated with higher divorce rates.
- Making same-sex marriage will not harm the institution of marriage. In fact, they may be more stable than heterosexual marriages.
Ultimately, whether an argument of religion, values, politics, or general beliefs, the result in 2015 clarified that same-sex couples were afforded the same rights to marriage as heterosexual couples.