Rhetorical Analysis- Gay marriage

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Petrosino 1 Kaila Petrosino Brooks Academic Writing October 18, 2016 Why The Best Gay Marriage Argument Fails In the year 2010, gay marriage was a very hot topic since it was not yet legal and the controversy was growing. The most common argument made was based off of procreation with the idea that gay couples can’t procreate and therefore they shouldn’t be allowed to marry. Kenji Yoshino, the Chief Justice Earl Warren professor of constitutional law at NYU School of Law and the author of Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial created a response to an article written by Robert George and co-authors regarding same sex marriage. George’s main argument was the idea of procreation and marriage definition. These arguments were very important at the time since opinion writings were pushing the path of legalization. Seeing this article arguing a subcategory I have never argued myself was very interesting to me. I am personally very passionate about gay marriage because my sister is homosexual so I have firsthand seen love between a same sex couple. Knowing the argument of procreation can be twisted in the ways Yoshino brought out was very intriguing to me to recognize how unrealistic this argument can be. Yoshino’s argument also navigates ideas about nontraditional opposite sex couples and their real family aspects which connects to my life as I am from a sperm donor and my only biological relation in my family is to my mother. Yoshino’s article delves in on Georges definition and description of marriage: he is demeaning marriage for same
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Petrosino 2 sex couples, opposite sex couples, and infertile couples or adopting parents, by using analogies to make his argument more relatable to the audience. Yoshino’s overall argument is that Georges argument of gay marriage fails for multiple reasons as it demeans the “institution of marriage itself” and excludes not only gay marriage but multiple other kinds of marriage (Yoshino). Through this main idea he speaks specifically about marriage in minorities, gay adoption, sexual activity in marriage, children in marriage, and biological parents. The author initially mentions that George’s procreation argument degrades
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