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What are the views on the legalization of gay marriage?

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?
Ethics , Politics , Religion , Society

Gay marriage should be legalized

Same-sex couples should enjoy the same rights as heterosexual couples and be allowed to marry.

The definition of marriage is always changing

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

Not allowing same-sex marriage is discriminatory

To grant different legal rights on the basis of gender, religion, race or sexual orientation is discrimination. Explore

Marriage is a fundamental right for all

Everyone has the legal right to marry their partner of choice. Explore

Gay marriage is beneficial to the economy

Legalising gay marriage has economic benefits. Explore

Same-sex couples should be allowed to enter civil unions

Civil unions or partnerships are catch-all terms to describe the formal legal recognition of a relationship but without necessarily granting the full marital rights or label of marriage.

Everyone gets what they want

Civil unions provide the best of both worlds. Explore

Marriage remains a religious ritual

Civil unions can grant legal rights to gay couples without infringing on the religious ritual of marriage. Explore

Gay marriage should be illegal

Acknowledging any form of civil union between homosexual partners would condone an unacceptable practice.

Gay marriage goes against the institution of marriage

The ideals of the marital institution are not compatible with homosexual relationships. Explore

Homosexual relationships are against many religious beliefs

Many religions do not condone homosexual relations. To acknowledge these relationships through legal recognition of any kind would be an affront to many religions. Explore

Gay marriage would undermine the fidelity of marriage

Gay people are more prone to extra-marital affairs. Allowing them legal marriage rights would undermine the fidelity of marriage. Explore

It is an irrelevant debate

The debate isn't relevant. Marriage should not be a legal matter.

The state should have no part in determining marriage eligibility

It is not the role of the state to determine who we can and cannot marry. Explore
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