Same sex marriage
Marriage is critical in the maintenance of social stability within a community or nation. When marriage or the commitment between individuals is devalued society as a whole suffers. So what are the arguments for and against same sex marriage, and does same sex marriage (SSM) have a place in society?
Religious Freedom Verses Respect and Dignity
Some religious people feel marriage is at risk if SSM is allowed and they worry by accepting it they will violate their beliefs. Ones beliefs shouldn’t be forced on the freedoms of others, the state recognized institution of marriage conveys toward a couple that make a lifetime commitment to each other dignity and respect, should the government force people not to make commitments to each other?
Teaching SSM and Equal Rights
In public schools marriage and its role in society is a taught, if SSM is legalized would schools have to teach same-sex marriage as equivalent to opposite-sex marriage? If same-sex marriage becomes legal then teaching the values of love and commitment within any marriage should be the main focus, but denying any one group representation denies them a fundamental human right which is unfair in a democracy.
If two people make a lifetime commitment and express that commitment in the act of marriage then certain benefits can be availed of. Examples are Medicare, Social Security, life insurance and being able to make medical decisions for them if they become incapacitated. If two people regardless of their sex can give the same commitment to each other why shouldn’t they be able to have access to the same benefits?
The logical conclusion is that people should have the freedoms to believe in whatever they want as long as those beliefs do not harm or hinder another’s freedoms. This should also be taught in schools along with marriage principles of love and commitment, and that the free will of others to make such commitments is honored with the benefits.