Same-Sex Marriages


(William Bennett & Andrew Sullivan)


“If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their heads.”- Leviticus 20:13. “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: ......homosexual offenders.....will not inherit the kingdom of God.”- 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.”-Leviticus 18:22.


Marriage has always been a long time contract between two people. Recently, same-sex marriages have been made legal in some states. The incorporation of children complicates the society in a belief that this form of marriage is immoral and produces hardship not only for the couple but for the child as well. What role do these parents play” Who is the mom and who is the dad or should there even be a mom and dad.


Some argue that marriage is by definition between a man and a woman. But for centuries, marriage was by definition a contract in which the wife was her husband\'s legal property and since then, this has been change. For centuries, marriage was by definition between two people of the same race. And we changed that. Many believe that marriage is only about raising children, but we let childless heterosexual couples be married. Why should gay couples be treated differently? Others fear that there is no logical difference between allowing same-sex marriages and sanctioning polygamy. But the issue of whether to sanction multiple spouses (gay or straight) is completely separate from whether, in the existing institution between two unrelated adults, the government should discriminate between its citizens.


According to the Bible same-sex marriages would be immoral and sinful. Being gay and loving another person is certainly not illegal, but uniting that couple in marriage is not only rejected by most of society but also by Judaism, Christianity and Islam. I find same-sex marriages unacceptable, but I know that not all people believe in the Bible and we do have freedom of religion in the United States. Even though I do not approve of same-sex marriages, according to our laws there is really no reason why the marriages should not take place other than my own beliefs through what I would taught through the Bible. However, if these marriages are to take place, there should be limitations on these type of marriages. Marriages of the same-sex should not involve children. There is no natural way that two people of the same-sex could possibly have children of their own and should not be given custody of a child or the ability to adopted a child. But all things being equal, I do believe that child is being deprived of crucial, necessary two-sexing essentials in parenting. That it takes a man and a woman to produce that third person is the most basic proof that a child needs both parents. Children who have parents of the same-sex would be harassed by other children and considered an outcast. An innocent child put in a situation that would be emotionally stressful for most of their youth-there is no need. Being gay should never result in being harassed, hated or hurt. But sadly, being gay also should never mean being able to marry or adopt. Everything in life has a price. Being childless is a high price. But a child\'s basic needs must always supersede the desires of an adult. Children must always come before oneself.


Each of the writers has their own opinion about the topic of same-sex marriages. William Bennett brings his Christian values to his side of the argument and uses more ethos and logos than pathos in order to get listeners to pay attention and believe in what he believes. Bennett refers to the Bible and other documented evidence to get his point across. Also, Bennett seems to be very traditional when he said, “Consider: the legal union of same-sex couples would shatter the conventional definition of marriage…” (Bennett 63). Bennett uses the word ‘conventional’ to mean ‘traditional.’ Bennett uses the Bible so that Christians can believe him more and fear what he has to