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COM 220 final project FINAL draft Same Sex Marriage in America

COM 220 final project FINAL draft Same Sex Marriage in America

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Same Sex Marriage 1 Same Sex Marriage in America Jonathan Driver Axia College of the University of Phoenix
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Same Sex Marriage 2 In America today there is a battle over the idea that same sex couples should be given the legal right to marry. Now there is no clear reason as to why they would want the same rights as heterosexuals to marriage, do they not know it is a religious institution that should not be tampered with, well it is, is it not? In addition, is it not against nature for them to want to get married? Moreover, if it is legalized will it not undermine the present and historic institution that is known as marriage? Even though it is considered unnatural by many people and goes against most people’s ideas of tradition, because marriage is, a basic civil right and it will strengthen the American way of life; same sex marriage should be legalized. Below a chart shows the standing opinions of American’s upon the topic of the legalization of same sex marriage, with 33 % saying that it should be legalized and another 27% saying that at least if government will not give legal marriages to same sex couples than at least legal civil unions should be offered (Update: Same-Sex Marriage, 2009). There is a very popular argument used today that the legalization of same sex marriage in America will undermine the American institution of marriage (George & Tubbs, 2006). Then there is another argument used by the advocates for the continued banning of same sex marriage, which claim that the legalization of such marriages will change the legal and public policy’s stance having to do with the significance of procreation, human sexuality, and the bond between the sexes in America. The previous argument is given even though the opposition of the legalization of same sex marriages gives no logical reason behind their theory (George & Tubbs, 2006). Another claim as to why the legalization of same sex marriages would undermine the institution of marriage is that same sex couples are more prone to form sexually nonexclusive relationships (George & Tubbs, 2006). These sexually nonexclusive relationships will, according to the previously mentioned opposition, not only undermine heterosexual marriage but also undermine the standings of the previously mentioned policies from the paragraph above (George & Tubbs, 2006). In the article “Same-Sex Marriage Will Undermine the Institution of Marriage” (2006) George and Tubbs claim that 65 to 85% of men and women, who identify as heterosexual, state they have had or will have no other sexual partners besides their current spouses. They go on to say that, only 10 % of men and 32 % of women in same sex couples
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Same Sex Marriage 3 defined a “committed” relationship as including sexual exclusivity. So, with these previously mention statistics they argue that same sex couples who are lacking this sexual commitment to their partners will lead the partners in said relationships to be more prone to cheating on their spouses in a marriage, which would thusly end the relationship. This ending of the relationship
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