Same Sex Marriage
Position Paper: Same-sex Marriage Adam and Steve Chorva. Tarush. Anetch. Imbey. Sounds familiar? Well, if you have Filipino gay friends you would be. The Filipino gay lingo or the swardspeak is made up of English, Tagalog, Japanese, Spanish, and even celebrity names that were tweaked to create a new word with a new meaning. In the country, there are two types of gays, the effeminate and the straight acting gays. The effeminate are those who cross-dress, wears make-up and are feminine in their ways thus the name effeminate.
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The other one is the straight acting gays, these are those choose to look manly even with their sexual preference. This type of gays even goes to the gym to have muscular bodies. On the other hand, for the lesbians, they are called “butch” and pink lesbians. The butch are those manly lesbians, they sport men’s haircut and they are also cross-dressers. While the pink lesbians are like the straight gays, they choose and prefer to look feminine despite their sexual preference. In addition to the gays and lesbians, there are also the transgender and transsexual.
In the Filipino language, there is what we call “paglaladlad ng kapa” or unfurling of the cape in English. This is the phase wherein a person displays and publicly shows his sexual preference. Biblically speaking, God made Adam and Eve to be together to multiply and create children. Today, what if it is no longer just Adam and Eve only anymore? Same sex union has been a source of debate all over the world for the past years. Sadly there is a growing stigma in this debate against gay marriage here in the Philippines, the country as being the only Catholic country in Asia and a third world country at that.
Clearly this topic has been one of the most complicated and sensitive topic in the country without a hope of a clear end in sight. Same-sex union borders the line of religion, law, and social ethics. There are several reasons as to why this marriage could not be legalized yet. Top reasons are as follow: * Immorality “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate. – Mathew 19:5 & 6 (NKJV) The above passage was from the Bible clearly states that marriage is for a man and a woman only. Whenever the Bible mentions marriage, it is between a male and a female. The first mention of marriage, Genesis 2:24, describes it as a man leaving his parents and being united to his wife. In passages that contain instructions regarding marriage, such as 1 Corinthians 7:2-16 and Ephesians 5:23-33, the Bible clearly identifies marriage as being between a man and a woman.
Biblically speaking, marriage is the lifetime union of a man n nand a woman, primarily for the purpose of building a family and providing a stable environment for that family. * Procreation and family Gay marriage causes the whole concept of family values to be undermined by defeating the essence of marriage, which is between a man and a woman with the purpose of procreation. The rationale of marriage, in its greater sense is to procreate. With this, extending marriage to same sex union not only defeats its purpose but also shifts further the objective of marriage from producing children to legal gratification.
Legalizing gay marriage further demoralizes the family values, which hold society together, and it encourages a gay lifestyle, which has been shown to be detrimental to people. Additionally, gay marriages confuse gender roles for children. It has always been the standard structure of a “normal” family to have a mother, who is biologically female, and a father, who is biologically male. Having parents of the same-sex causes confusion even if they were married. However, if marriage were about reproduction, then infertile couples should not be allowed to marry.
Ability or desire to create offspring has never been a qualification for marriage. And it should never be. If we are going to narrow the definition of marriage to being intended for this purpose, we should apply the principal to our population as a whole, not single out one group of people. * Being gay is a disease that can be cured Can anybody call in sick because he is still queer? No. Simply because queerness is not a disease nor is it just a phase. Being homosexual or gay is not a choice as much as being a heterosexual or straight is not a choice.
Sexual preference is not a conscious decision people make, it just evolved. People are born differently from each other, and being different is not synonymous to being wrong. There is perfectly nothing wrong with being gay. One is born with this. Just like being blonde, tall, or cross-eyed. We do not hold being gay against them, and more importantly it is not a disease that one can be cured of. Homosexuality is a normal part of nature and may well occur through biological factors, rather than any sort of lifestyle choice.
Allowing gay marriage would not cause harm to either individuals, or society generally. Second-Class Citizens Gays around the world were treated like second-class citizens, without the same rights, without belongingness to neither of the two sexes. They were mistreated, trash-talked, and discriminated in ways more than one. Through the legalization of same-sex marriage, they won’t feel like second-class citizens anymore. They would enjoy the same legal rights as with the heterosexual couples. Why legalize this union, let me ask you, why not?
Below are my top three reasons why we should legalize this union: * Marriage is a civil right We are all well aware of the voice of the Church in the issues in the Philippine society. And let’s admit it, their voice is pretty loud. The Church strongly condemns same-sex relationships and its union. However, let us not forget that marriage is not a religious right, it is also a civil right. Gay people should have the same rights as anyone else and that includes the right to get married. Gay couples should be allowed to have the same financial and legal benefits that any other couples get.
If two people love each other, they should be allowed to marry, whatever their genders. Matters such as tax filling, joint ownership of property, insurance benefits, critical medical decisions were privileges gay couples could not enjoy. It is clearly unfair and unjust for gay couples to not have these rights only because their country doesn’t honor their union. Nothing is asked by the LGBT community but equality when it comes to legal rights. * Equality Equality in this issue taps two major points. First is that gay couples has the same equal competency to rear children as their own.
Being gay is not a handicap to raise a family. There is no scientific basis for the assertion that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons are not fit to marry or to become parents of healthy and well-adjusted children (Herek, 2006; Kurdek, 2004; Peplau & Fingerhut, 2007). Homosexual discrimination has been a vicious pattern. Legalizing same-sex marriage is giving the right of marriage to both heterosexual and homosexual unions and having them treated as equals in the eyes of the law. Majority rules, but the minority should be protected. Love Why could Britney Spears get married and get divorced after two days, yet a gay couple could not get married after being together for 10 years?