Today especially, I have seen a lot of debate over the issue of gay marriage. I support gay marriage because it simply seems to me like the right thing to do, and I like to go with my intuitions. I realize that my intuition is not a good argument for my cause at all, since those who are against gay marriage are very adamant about it. So I will attempt to justify my stance with a few arguments that make sense to me.
To actually make a stand for gay marriage, one must go about refuting the claims made by those who are against it. It think that this is something that sets of a warning light in the basic understanding of arguments. The fact that the only argument for gay marriage are refutations of arguments started by those against it shows that it is difficult to fathom why such an institution is right except for the simple and natural thought that it is right.
So anyway, if that made any sense, here are the arguments against gay marriage and my counter arguments.
1. It would be changing/going against the definition of marriage.
Ok the definition of marriage is that it is an institution entered into between a man and a woman. But people, we add words to the dictionary like bling. That isn’t my actual argument however. Today, our definition of marriage is that it is something that a man and a woman enter into. Would it be so bad if in the future the definition is something two people enter into? How about an argument by analogy? In the past, we defined black people as slaves/people of little or no worth. In the future, those of African American descent are equal to all white people and all other people of every nationality in this country. Today, we look back and say that how we defined black people in the past was totally wrong! So isn’t it possible that the way we are defining marriage today is also totally wrong. The past has shown that it is OK for us to change the way that we do things. Just look at slavery and women’s rights! Looks like those huge decisions haven’t screwed up everything like some people may have thought they would have.
2) Gay people are different from regular straight people. As in, they are not likely to remain in relationships and they do not have the same values or morals as “normal” straight people (and they are promiscuous and give AIDs to others).
I realize that the last part was totally uncalled for but the fact that I mentioned it was to show how ridiculous and untrue it is. Gay relationships are really no different from straight relationships. Honestly, the divorce rate in this country is at 50%. Are gay marriages going to negatively affect that statistic? I think Senator Savino said it best in her speech earlier in the week. I honestly feel that being gay is not a lifestyle choice, it is something that you are predisposed to as a result of your genetic make-up (of, course there are people who could argue against that too but there is not scientific truth in this matter, yet). Anyway, I feel that people who are gay have no insane difference that makes them promiscuous and lacking social values. (They may be a bit showy but who cares.)
3. My favorite argument is the slippery slope argument. This argument is saying that if we allowed gay marriage then we would eventually also have to allow incest, marriage between animals and humans, and polygamy.
Common, really? Do you think it is even possible that a bill allowing incest and bestiality would ever ever ever come into existence. How many people out there would go for that? 5% of the population? Less? And even if by some freak coincidence those bills came into senate, do you think it is at all possible that they would ever ever be voted “yes” on. I don’t say this much, but, HELL TO THE NO! Seriously, it’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. Besides any slippery slope argument automatically commits the reductio ad absurdum fallacy and is therefore not a valid argument.
In conclusion, I support gay marriage because it’s just the right thing to do and any speculation about negative consequences this bill could have are all ridiculous. What do you think?
I welcome all comments, even if they are hateful and filled with religious undertones.