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C o n t o p u l o s | 1 Kendall Contopulos November 23, 2009 Pro/Con Paper Legalize? Gay Marriage: To legalize or not to legalize that is the question. Marriage is defined as a legal union of a man and women as husband and wife. Gay marriage is the union of two same- sex partners. The difference between the two is the simple fact of legalization. There are many rights same-sex couples will acquire if same-sex marriage is legalized. Same-sex couples want the same rights that heterosexual couples have. Nearly three people in four in the U.S. oppose gay marriage, almost the same proportion as are otherwise supportive of gay rights (Colson). Additionally, many people continue to believe that homosexuality is about nothing but sex, considering it to be merely a sexual perversion. The reality is that homosexuality is multidimensional, and is much more about love and affection than it is about sex. And this is what gay relationships are based on: mutual attraction, love and affection and sex. Society allows murderers, convicted felons all sorts; even child molesters get married and bring children. The fact is that many gay couples raise children, adopted and occasionally their own from failed attempts at heterosexual marriages. Lots and lots of scientific studies have shown that the outcomes of the children raised in the homes of gay and lesbian couples are just as good as those of straight couples. Psychologists tell us that what makes the difference is the love of the parents, not their gender (Colson). Gay people are as capable of loving children as fully as anyone's is. Gay men wish to have children for all the reasons that anyone else wants to become parents. Some want to share their loving relationship and affluence with a child who would not otherwise have experienced this privilege. Some wish
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C o n t o p u l o s | 2 to give to another generation the love and the blessings of a nurturing and devoted family that they experienced in their own upbringing, and still others wish to provide a child with the kind of loving environment that they themselves never received (Belge).
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