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
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.
Not allowing same-sex marriage is discriminatory
To grant different legal rights on the basis of gender, religion, race or sexual orientation is discrimination.
Marriage is a fundamental right for all
Everyone has the legal right to marry their partner of choice.
Gay marriage is beneficial to the economy
Legalising gay marriage has economic benefits.
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.
Marriage remains a religious ritual
Civil unions can grant legal rights to gay couples without infringing on the religious ritual of marriage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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