Gay Marriage

Gay Marriage

Gay Marriage: The Arguments and the Motives Page 1 of 15
Gay Marriage’ T he Arguments and the Motives

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We cannot accept the view that Amendment

2’s prohibition on specific legal protections does

no more than deprive homosexuals of special

rights. To the eoutrary, the amendment imposes

a special disability on those persons alone.

Homosexuals are forioidden the safeguards that

others enjoy or may seek without constraint”

-Jusuee Anthony Kennedy,
wrz’t.r’ngj?)r the maf‘ori’ry ofrhe
U. 5′. Supreme C’otm‘ in the
deeisirm overru:-ning C’o[oma‘o’.s’
Amendment 2 reflerendzm-2

Ask just about anyone. They’ll all tell you they’re in favor of equal rights for homosexuals. Just name the
situation, and ask. They’ll all say, yes, gays should have the same rights in housing,jobs, public
accomodations, and should have equal access to government benefits, equal protection ofthe law,
etcetera, eteezcra.
Then you get to gay marriage.
And that’s when all this talk of equality stops dead cold.
Nearly seventy percent of people in the U.S. oppose gay marriage, almost the same proportion as are
otherwise supportive of gay rights. This means that many of the same people who are even passionately
in favor of gay rights oppose gays on this one issue.
Why all the passion‘?
lt‘s because there is a lot ofmisunclerstanding about what homosexuality really is, as well as the
erroneous assumption that gay people enjoy the same civil rights protections as everyone else. There are
also a lot of stereotypes about gay relationships, and even a great deal of misunderstanding of what
marriage itselfis all about.
The purpose of this essay is to clear up a few of these misunderstandings and discuss some of facts
surrounding gay relationships and marriage, gay and straight.
First, lets discuss what gay relationships are really all about. The stereotype has it that gays are
promiscuous, unable to form lasting relationships, and the relationships that do form are shallow and
uncommitted. And gays do have such relationships!
But the important fact to note is that just like in straight society, where such relationships also exist, they
are a small minority, and exist primarily among the very young. Indeed, one of the most frequent 2/21/201 1