Gay marriage

by Traci Ulibarri, April 2015

1200 words

4 pages


Nowadays, so many people have been arguing about whether gay marriage should be legal or not in the United States. In fact, there are already a lot of states that allow same-sex marriage: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, California and New Hampshire. The states of Washington and Maryland have also passed laws to begin granting homosexual marriage licenses in 2012. The movement to obtain marriage rights and benefits for same-sex couples became a huge topic for everybody in the United States. Everybody have the rights to love and be loved, so are gays and lesbians. They are human and have feelings too. Gay marriage should be legal.

In the 20th century, the American courts have started introducing new laws to protect and accept homosexuals. A large number of human rights regulations have been already implemented to keep homosexual citizens safe from discrimination since the 1970s (Adam 2003). According to these laws, homosexual nuptials can be approved by the U.S Supreme Court (Bluestone 220). A lot of other countries have also pointed out that “the institution of [same-sex] marriage has shown no ill effects” (Blechner 153). Thus, every homosexual person has a virtuous right to be evaluated as equal to other people by the state (Mayo, 329). The foregoing statement can be considered as one of the strongest regulations that can stop bullying gays and lesbians. The main idea of same-sex matrimony advocates is that the governmental authorities should understand that legalization of the social institution of same-sex marriage is the only way to build up stability and safety of multifarious households and families (“Beyond Same-Sex Marriage” 158).

However, many opponents of sexual minorities still question the moral right for gay marriage. The debates associated with the gay rights are very multidimensional including social, religious, moral, and psychological aspects of the problem. Some radical opponents of homosexual relations even claim that gays are mentally ill and they must be healed by means of psychiatric methods. Some more neutral debaters assert that same-sex marriage is not a problem of psychoanalysis, but they are not quite right too. Of course, I do not support the idea that homosexuality is a psychological illness. I can assume that sexuality is the sphere of personal choice of every individual. However, the thing is that the embargo on homosexual marriage has resulted in deep spiritual disorders among homosexual couples. Therefore, psychotherapy can be a remedy capable of optimizing psychological health of gays (Blechner 147). Some other debaters comment that “they are never going to understand us, and so the best thing for us to do is to keep ourselves isolated from them as far as possible” (Solodnikov 58). As a result, gays, being socially unaccepted and being unable to live together with a person they love, appear to live in world ruled by the most terrible and inhumane law that could be ever invented, i.e. the law that bans a specific type of marriage. Therefore, gays sometimes really need psychological help to socialize in the world that does not always …

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