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What are the views on the legalization of gay marriage? Show more Show less

To be denied the opportunity to marry is to be locked out of one of life’s main identity-defining rituals. Marriage is both an expressive and legal act but for many same-sex couples around the world, it is not an option. Should our legal definition of marriage be expanded to include same-sex couples?

Gay marriage should be legalized Show more Show less

Same-sex couples should enjoy the same rights as heterosexual couples and be allowed to marry.
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The definition of marriage is always changing

The definition of marriage is constantly shifting as societal attitudes change.
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Context

Marriage has never been a fixed concept. Allowing same-sex marriage is a natural evolution of the concept.

The Argument

In the past, our definition and understanding of marriage included polygamy. Some societies that shudder at the idea of taking multiple spouses today once saw nothing wrong with it.[1] The same applies to interracial marriage. At one time, interracial marriages were abhorrent and even illegal. Few hold that belief today. Our definition of marriage evolves and changes with public opinion. It makes sense that as attitudes to homosexuality change, so too should our definition of marriage.

Counter arguments

Our definition of marriage can only be expanded when public attitudes force it to expand. This is not happening everywhere. There are many countries where public attitudes remain obstinately opposed to gay marriage and same-sex couples. Until societal currents force the definition to expand, the existing definition of marriage between one man and one woman must prevail.

Framing

Premises

[P1] The definition of marriage is not fixed. It changes with public attitude. [P2] Public attitudes have warmed to gay marriage. [P3] Therefore, the definition of marriage should evolve to reflect that.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P2] Public attitudes have not necessarily warmed to gay marriage.

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References

  1. https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748703806304576234551596322690

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