Gay Marriage Position Paper
I personally believe that gay marriage should not be legalized because it would undermine the term “marriage,” cause American family values to be compromised, and promote harmful lifestyles. Simply put, marriage is the union between a man and a woman, and it is the most sacred institution in our social system. Under no circumstances is it acceptable in our country for homosexuals to be united by marriage because they don’t even meet this most basic criteria for a marriage. In order to allow gay marriage, the Constitution would have to be amended. This is an extremely difficult thing to do.
The amendment would have to be proposed and approved with a two-thirds vote of both houses of Congress, which would be highly unlikely, and then ratified by Congress (which has taken up to seven years in the past). Therefore, the passing of the amendment would be a highly improbable, time-consuming idea, and in the likely event that it would not get passed, much Congressional money, time, and effort would have been wasted on it. “The 50 percent divorce rate has already weakened the definition of marriage. We shouldn’t be taking further steps to define what marriage is.
A law allowing gay marriage would increase the number of joke or non-serious marriages, such as a couple of friends who want to save on taxes. Marriage is the most sacred institution in this country, and every society considers it the joining of a man and a woman. It makes biological sense since only a man and woman can procreate. ” (BalancedPolitics. org). If gay marriages were allowed, I believe they would “open up a can of worms. ” If two people of the same gender were allowed to marry, what’s to stop others from marrying their close relatives, children, or pets? The legality ine would have to be drawn at some point, but the allowance of gay marriage would make the line very unclear, causing controversy and future problems for other “marriage” cases. Therefore, the term “marriage” would not be deemed legitimate, bringing the very basis of American society into question. This basis, the family values of American society, would be called into question if homosexual marriage became legalized because: “Marriage is about responsible procreation…The ideal for a child is that their mother and father love each other and their baby too. ” (C-Span).
Traditional families of a man, woman and child are considered the building blocks of our society. They provide the strength that has brought us through wars, depressions, terrorism, and other challenges throughout the history of our country. Through my first-hand experiences as a high-schooler, I know that people change over time. Friends and relationships come and go, but family is forever. They are always there for love and support, and often share similar views and opinions about important matters. Yet cultural values have begun to deteriorate in our country because of the growing weakness within individual families.
Introducing another, less stable type of family would only make matters worse. Children retain their knowledge of the expectations of gender roles from what society has taught them. If society were to throw legal homosexual marriages into “the norm” of adult relationships, it would only confuse children. The importance of a traditional family, a family that has carried the human race from generation to generation, would be lost to future Americans forever. As well as the loss of the importance of a traditional family, the act of legalizing homosexual marriages would promote harmful lifestyles for Americans.
Studies show that homosexuals, for a variety of reasons, have life expectancies of approximately 20 years less than the general population. (BalancedPolitics. org). HPV, Hepatitis A, B, and C, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, “Gay Bowel Syndrome,” and HIV/AIDS have all been found to be more prevalent in homosexual than heterosexual men, while lesbian women have a higher prevalence of Bacterial Vaginosis, Hepatitis C, HIV risk behaviors, and cancer risk factors such as smoking, poor diet, and obesity compared to heterosexual women.
Homosexuals also have more mental health problems such as alcohol and drug abuse, Nicotine dependence, depression, and suicide. It has also been proven that these problems do not result from discrimination from the heterosexual majority, because areas with more tolerance of homosexual relationships were found to have higher rates of physical and mental health problems, suggesting that the real problem lies in the homosexual lifestyle itself. (Sprigg 87). Just as unhealthy lifestyles of smoking and drinking should be discouraged, so should homosexuality.
When we make members of our society physically and mentally unhealthy, we continue to further weaken our country. All things considered, there is just no way that the legalization of gay marriage could be beneficial to our country, and for this reason I do not believe that gay marriage should be legalized. Homosexual marriages undermine the values that have forever been associated with marriage, delegitimize the term “marriage”, bring instability to American families, cause confusion about gender roles, and promote mental and physical unhealthiness.