Granting legal marriage rights to gays and lesbians would threaten the stability of the family, a pillar of our society. Granting legal marriage rights under the law must extend to gays and lesbians to ensure that all citizens enjoy full human rights. Should society encourage traditional values and traditional forms of family life?
After a background report, Senators discuss the rejected bid to amend the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage, likely tabling the measure for the rest of this election year. A political firestorm was ignited in November when the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled that gay couples in the state are entitled to marry. Conservatives mobilized, calling for a federal constitutional ban on gay marriage.
Paul James does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. The same-sex marriage debate, like all public debates, is messy.
In the debate over gay marriage, opponents have many arguments that profess their belief that it should not be legal. These include many moral and religious reasons that point to a threat to the sacred institution of marriage. This debate brings up many questions. In an attempt to understand the issue, let's examine common arguments against same-sex marriage and why they may not stand up in modern America.
The non-binding nationwide postal ballot was launched in September and results are due on Nov Homophobic attacks and hate speech have spiked while anti-gay marriage activists complain of harassment and abuse, prompting parliament to pass emergency anti-hate laws. Same-sex marriage has long been a hot button issue in Australia, which only decriminalized homosexuality nationwide inbut the current vote has turbocharged the debate.
While there were passionate speeches made on both sides, the debate was notable for the range and breadth of the arguments made against the idea of gay marriage in general, and this Bill in particular. Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. It would be confusing and awkward for everyone.
Both in the U. Accordingly, more and more people are starting to acknowledge the flawed nature of all arguments which oppose the legalization of same-sex marriage. This article discusses 10 of the most common positions presented by opponents of marriage equality and outlines why each deserves a failing grade.
On June 26,the U. The decision in Obergefell v. Hodges legalized gay marriage nationwide, including in the 14 states that did not previously allow gays and lesbians to wed. As we approach the fourth anniversary of the ruling, here are five key facts about same-sex marriage:.
The American Family Association published a list of 10 arguments against same-sex marriage in Ostensibly a summary of James Dobson's Marriage Under Firethe arguments made a very loose case against same-sex marriage based almost entirely on slippery slopes and out-of-context quotations from the Bible. If you've never seen this list before, your first reaction may be anger.
Many views are held or have been expressed by religious organisations in relation to same-sex marriage. Although the majority of world religions oppose to same-sex marriage, the number of religious denominations that are conducting same-sex marriages have been increasing in recent times. Religious views on same-sex marriage are closely related to religious views on homosexuality.