ENG 102 Essay 3

ENG 102 Essay 3 - Joseph Forte Jr. English 102 Essay #3 A...

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Joseph Forte Jr. English 102 Essay #3 A GAY MARRIAGE PROPOSAL Same sex marriage is a topic that has taken over American politics over the past few years. There is much debate over whether same-sex couples should be married, what rights they should be granted and what effect this situation will have on the American political landscape in the future. The same-sex marriage argument is an important one, not only from the religious and legal standpoint, but also because the well-being of families as well as those of American children now and in the future, may be overwhelmingly affected by the proposals before courts and the state legislature relating to same-sex marriage. Marriage is a unique practice, in that it is both a religious sacrament and legal union controlled by the state. Marriage is defined as "the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law”. Therefore, by definition, marriage has to be between heterosexual persons. Throughout human history, according to religious tradition and as a matter of natural law, the institution of marriage has been profoundly tied to procreation, which can only be accomplished between different-sex couples. Why would the state recognize a marriage that is not tied to procreation, and therefore has no worthwhile role in society? The relationship between a parent and a child is a vital component of the process of growing up to feel complete and secure as males and females. When a child grows up feeling emotionally cut off from his or her same-sex parent, it interrupts this process. If
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the distance continues, the process never resumes, and a child may be left feeling rejected, empty, and insecure about their own sexuality. The homosexual community speaks of itself as struggling for basic civil rights. Far from seeking integration with the heterosexual world, they strongly avoid it. Homosexuals often compare their struggle to that of the African-American population during the 1950s and 1960s. The prohibition of same-sex marriage is not comparable to racial discrimination. As General Colin Powell, who has had much racial discrimination
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