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Karina FisherPHI113_M1_Essay1Part 1: Same Sex MarriageSame sex marriage is an everyday fact of life in millions of households across the Unites States.When evaluating whether the freedom to marry should be extended to gay couples, we should firstevaluate what the intent, or purpose, of marriage is. Some may argue that the purpose of marriage issolely procreation. However, some also state the purpose of marriage is a commitment of love. Marriageis not only for procreation. This can be understood inferentially by understanding that the courtsguarantee a married couples right to birth control. If the courts guarantee a heterosexual couple theright to birth control, (the right to prevent a life from forming) this directly conflicts with the notion thatmarriage is strictly for procreation.We can also look at historical information when evaluating whether the freedom to marryshould be extended to gay couples. We have already established that same sex marriage is an everydayfact of life in millions of households across the United States. A predictable expectation for a marriage isto have children, and while the main issue we are discussing is not whether gay couples should havechildren, we understand the importance that children play in the familial role. We have historicalinformation to prove that a child raised in a home with gay parents is equally adjusted and happy as achild raised in a home with heterosexual parents.Allowing homosexuals the freedom to marry opensthe road to ensuring that gay couples have a guaranteed right to raise a family with children. Allowing alegal union can make the adoption process easier if one of the parents carry the child, or even if the gaycouple is looking to adopt a child together. The legal union establishes their commitment socially,financially, and broadens the resources examined when the adoption process is in progress.When discussing historical information, it is important to note that in some states as recent as 70years ago, race was a determining factor in whether a couple was allowed a legal union; African-American and Caucasian couples were not allowed to wed! Today, that mindset is essentially extinct, andwe very rarely see this opinion in current times. If we are to continue to be progressive, diverse, andinclusive of all classes of citizens, we should evaluate the the changes we have made in similar situations,and see what positive outcomes were the effect of that decision. Thankfully, the freedom to marry wasguaranteed to all heterosexual couples, regardless of race. The answers to the question “Should a bi-racial couple be allowed to marry?” are ethically void.We can ask ourselves, “What is the difference between allowing a biracial couple the freedom tolegally wed, but not gay couples?” We can see that bi-racial couples live no differently than couples ofthe same race; Gay couples live an everyday life essentially identical to heterosexual couples; both

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