Gay Marriage Should Be Legalized

Gay Marriage Should Be Legalized

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  • Date Submitted: 10/29/2013 8:41 AM
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Argumentative Essay: Why Gay marriage should be legalized

In the 1700s a “radical” movement washed over the western hemisphere that left people in shock. People were terrified, young people were casting aside society’s paradigms for marriage and proclaiming the notion that everyone should marry for love, rather than individual gain, group survival, and other historic reasons for bonding. The idea spread an unsettling feeling that has carried down to opposed generations that has slowly been diminishing. In our present year there are 10 states that have legalized gay marriage, more and more supportive groups are growing, and the president of our country is one of its greatest supporters. We are at a time where politicians can not continue taking gay marriage lightly, and rather as a right.

Many would argue that traditional marriage is defined as a union of a woman and a man, whose main purpose is to procreate. But marriage has never been as simple as that. If reproduction were the determining factor, then infertile and old couples would be banned from the same basic rights that LGBT couples have been denied. The ability to procreate has never been a qualification for marriage. George Washington did not bear children with his wife Martha, and neither did four other US presidents. There is no such thing as traditional marriage. Given the predominance of modern and ancient examples of family/marital arrangements based on polygamy, the use of concubines and mistresses, and prostitution, hetero-sexual monogamy can be considered more "unnatural” in evolutionary terms. Marriage has been a progressive aspect of cultures, inter-racial marriage was originally frowned upon and illegal until 1967 due to a Supreme Court decision. “The religious arguments that were mobilized in the 1950s to argue against interracial marriage and integration as against God’s will are mirrored by arguments that have been mobilized in the Proposition 8 campaign and many of the campaigns...

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