Gay Marriage Pros and Cons Marriage is a sacred union of two individuals who love each other, but this statement becomes controversial when it comes to gay marriages. This OpinionFront article discusses the pros and cons pertaining to this issue. OpinionFront Staff Last Updated: Dec 21, Did You Know? The tradition of being a 'same-sex couple' seems to be overtaken by this new term, 'throuple'. Men named, Joke, Bell, and Art became the world's first gay throuple when they got married in Thailand on February 14, , as reported by the New York Post.
The first country to legalize same-sex marriage in the world is Netherlands, taking the decision in While the world is getting open to the idea of seeing same-sex couples around, the idea of being married as a throuple is unconventional beyond its definition, for sure. Perhaps, this may be the next controversial topic in LGBT rights, but, for now, let us go back to discussing the concept of married gay 'couples'.
Although homosexuality has been a part of this world since ancient history, with even gay marriages being an acceptable part of the ancient Rome, a section of today's modern world still opposes the whole concept.
Speaking of the United States, 37 states acknowledge gay marriages; however, in the remaining 13 states, it is still prohibited on the lines of law, constitutional amendments, and the like. There still exist certain issues that are preventing the unification of the liberal and orthodox sections of the society.
Irrespective of this divided view, approximately , Americans are in same-sex marriages, as reported by Gallup Daily based on their tracking from January 28 to April 19, Pros of Gay Marriages In the states where same-sex marriages have been validated, a lot of unexpected benefits have been observed as a result of this union.
These, along with other pros, are enumerated as under. Same-sex couples are better parents According to a study done by the University of Melbourne, children raised by same-sex parents tend to score better than children having both mother and father, in terms of their overall health and family cohesion.
Also, a previous study published in the journal Pediatrics in , stated that children raised by lesbian mothers had better social and academic performances when compared to others, and also that they had fewer social problems. When it comes to gay men, a July study reported that their children too were equally well-brought as those children who were adopted by normal couples. Gay marriages reduce divorce rates When the before and after divorce statistics were analyzed, it was observed that after a state made gay marriages legal, the divorce rates of that state were lowered significantly.
Likewise, the states where gay marriages are prohibited had higher divorce rates. Gay marriages increase state revenue According to a study done by the Williams Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles UCLA , legalization of gay marriages would boost the state's economy to a great extent.
According to their findings, legal marriages of same-sex couples would result in a combined state revenue of the 11 states studied of USD Gay marriages increases psychological wellbeing According to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health, social acceptance and legalization plays a crucial part in the psychological wellbeing of lesbians, gays, and bisexuals.
Marriage is a basic fundamental right According to the American Foundation for Equal Rights, "Fourteen times since , the United States Supreme Court has stated that marriage is a fundamental right of all individuals.
In these cases, the Court has reaffirmed that 'freedom of personal choice in matters of marriage' is 'one of the liberties protected by the Due Process Clause,' 'essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men,' The concept of marriage is based on love Another argument that supports gay unions is the fact that confining marriage only between a man and woman is traditionally inaccurate.
Marriage should be a union of two people who love each other, irrespective of their sexual orientation or gender. In July , the United Church of Christ General Synod favored "equal marriage rights for couples regardless of gender. Cons of Gay Marriages Having been through the points that support this union, we must also look at the arguments that still make gay marriage an unacceptable act in some states. Gay marriages may diminish heterosexual unions One of the strongest arguments among those against this union is the fact that same-sex marriages may diminish the heterosexual culture in the society.
Perhaps, children raised by homosexual couples would grow up thinking that same-sex unions are way more beneficial or satisfactory than relationships with the opposite sex?
A social and legal acceptance at large would encourage homosexual behavior among the next generation and therefore pose a threat to the future of standardized marriages between opposite sexes, and procreation.
At the National Review Institute Summit, Doug Mainwaring, a gay panelist spoke the following words, "For a long time I thought, if I could just find the right partner, we could raise my kids together, but it became increasingly apparent to me, even if I found somebody else exactly like me, who loved my kids as much as I do, there would still be a gaping hole in their lives because they need a mom," He further added, "I don't want to see children being engineered for same-sex couples where there is either a mom missing or a dad missing," Same-sex unions will encourage other non-typical unions Another possible threat that a worldwide acceptance of gay marriages arises is that it may give encouragement to those in other non-typical sexual unions, such as those that involve incestuousness, polygamy, bestiality, and the like.
All these susceptibilities will only pave way to degrade and de-institutionalize the whole concept of marriage and consummation. Gay unions are immoral in religious scriptures A majority of Christian denominations, including the Roman Catholic Church, oppose same-sex marriages. Marriage is holy, while homosexual acts go against the natural moral law. Gay marriages hamper domestic partnership benefits In the past few years, the states that have legalized same-sex marriages have ceased to grant benefits to domestic partners, be it of the same or opposite sex.
However, this proved to be disadvantageous to domestic partnerships or civil unions, as they were considered ineligible for such benefits. Gay marriages would undermine the value of biological parents While increase in gay unions would definitely encourage adoption and surrogacy, on the contrary, it would undermine the emotional need, value, and association of children to their biological parents.
The whole concept of a man and a woman joining together in marriage, coming together to procreate and produce children, would lose its importance. While those in favor argue that with this logic, couples who get married and don't produce children by choice, or those who cannot produce children, should also not be allowed to get married, one cannot negate the possibility that such heterosexual couples can still produce children, either by changing their minds, or by use of advance medical procedures.
Conclusion Looking at the current situation in respect to the openness of various dimensions of the society towards gay unions, things have definitely come a long way from where they began.