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Gay Marriage 1 Running head: GAY MARRIAGE Gay Marriage Joel L. Smith Ashford University Informal Logic PHI103 Carol M. Parker November 05, 2008
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Gay Marriage There are many points of view, some very heated, on the topic of gay marriage. In this paper, I will discuss the two views of this subject, as well as the position I take in the argument. Thesis Many people disagree based solely on the term of what “gay marriage” is called. Many people are against gay marriage, while supporting civil unions. Many people feel that the term marriage is defined by societal norms, or some by their religions. Most people agree that the definition of marriage is between a man and a woman. Civil unions, some feel, are granted by the state as a means to be connected legally; and in truth, this is all most gay people really want. Regardless of the term that is used, the important thing that is required to help the gay community is the benefits from the actual legality of the recognition. “From a legal perspective, marriage and civil unions extend the same benefits” (Smith, 2003, p. 128). One of the biggest arguments for gay marriage is the right to be one’s legal partner. In most cases, the law will decide against the rights of the partner to decide for their significant other. In marriage, when one of them are injured or killed, the law recognizes the married partner as the nearest of kin; therefore, they are able to make the decisions for the incapacitated partner. “Karen Thompson and Sharon Kowalski are spouses in every respect except the legal. They exchanged vows and rings; they lived together until Nov 13, 1983 – when Ms. Kowalski was severely injured when her car was struck by a drunk driver. She lost the capacity to walk or to speak more than several words at a time, and needed constant care. Ms. Thompson sought a court ruling granting her guardianship over her partner, but Ms. Kowalski’s parents opposed the petition and obtained sole guardianship. They moved Ms. Kowalski to a nursing home 300 miles
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away from Ms. Thompson and forbade all visits between the two women” (Dudley, 1993, p. 162). These are some of the obstacles facing the gay population of America. Having a loved on in the emergency room and not being able to see them because they are not kin to the person in the ER, is denying the rights of the individual who is incapacitated to have the one who makes so many decisions in their life with them, be the one that makes the decision on their well-being. Ms. Kowalski’s family was disregarding what their daughter would have wanted, because of their beliefs. This is an example of why it is important to have the person one chooses to spend their life with, also be the one who makes the decisions about their well-being in the case of an emergency. Another argument for gay marriage is the individual decision. This is like the nation
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