The Real Pros And Cons Of Gay Marriage
With the fuss in North Carolina, the world seems to be totally focused once again on the issue of gay marriage. It’s time we put this issue to rest. Past time we do so actually. To make it easy, I’ve decided to go over some pros and cons of same sex marriage and its effect on our society.
PRO: All consenting adults who are in love and desire to be married will finally be allowed to do so. Same sex marriages, which are now only recognized in certain states, will be recognized as legal nationwide.
CON: All heterosexual couples who are or have been married will be shamed and embarrassed once the divorce rate plummets after same sex couples, who appreciate the chance to marry better than anyone, show the world what “til death do us part” actually means.
PRO: Same sex couples will be able to receive the legal benefits that straight married couples are entitled to; tax exemptions and filing statuses, exemptions from taxes on property left to the spouse after death, certain government benefits, health insurance and visiting rights, family benefits such as joint foster care rights and joint adoption, and more.
CON: Same sex couples could take advantage of the benefits heterosexual married couples already have; they could run wild adopting children in need, take too many visits to the doctor now that they have health insurance through their spouse, and receive tax breaks that current married couples already receive, leaving less money for the rest of us.
PRO: It would be a major step forward for our country in ensuring all citizens have equal rights and no one is discriminated against based on things such as race, gender, religion, sexual preference, disability, and other factors that don’t determine a person’s self worth and contribution to society.
CON: Allowing same sex couples to marry cheapens the institution of marriage and destroys the sanctity of marriage because God disapproves. Yet, God is fine with quickie marriages such as the Kardashian 72 day affair because although they broke their vows, it was at least between a man and a woman.
PRO: It could be a huge step in ending discrimination against the gay population by acknowledging that a same sex couple is no better and no worse than a heterosexual couple. The legality of same sex marriage could potentially usher in a change in the mindset of the general population and an acceptance of same sex couples.
CON: Legalizing gay marriage could make homosexual people more comfortable in their own skin, resulting in countless US citizens deciding to come out and let their family and friends know of their orientation, flooding the country with homosexuals.
PRO: Children with same sex parents would finally be able to see their parents make their relationship official and get married. It could also result in the child’s peers becoming more accepting of the “unconventional” family structure, making life much easier for the child.
CON: If two men or two women are allowed to marry under the eyes of God, He could strike us all down with lighting, bring on a plague, flood the world for a second time, or take vengeance in some other way. It could equal the end of days for us all.
Hmm… even after laying it out there, I’m still not sure what to believe. Maybe we’ll never know if it’s okay or not for gay people to marry. It’ll have to remain a mystery.
NOTE Oct 16 2013: This was meant as a sarcastic look at the issue. My opinion is that there are zero cons to allowing same sex marriage nationwide. If you look at the issue honestly, there are no downsides. Thanks for stopping by!