Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Gay Marriage Controversy

   I believe marriage should be available to whom ever wishes to get married. I do think that many marry for all the wrong reasons such as tax breaks, inheritance arrangements, access to health care, or even just to say they're married. In my personal opinion I think gay people should absolutely be able to marry if they please but I’d say it is more of wanting something that they cant have. If gay marriage was not prohibited in certain states for all this time I think that gay individuals would not have such an urge to marry. It has become an unfortunate matter that 50% of marriages fail and with these statistics why is it that gay people are bending over backwards to take that risk. Striving for equality is understandable, people should not be punished based upon their desire of whom they love whether it be a female or a male. Marriage should not be treated as a privilege it should be a right and accessible to whoever wishes to get married.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Conservatives pointed to abortion, illegitimacy, and homosexuality as forces destroying the family. Liberals cited domestic violence, economic insecurity, and inadequate public supports as the key problems afflicting the family. Now this is what I think about the merits and weaknesses of these ideas along with divorce and its impact on families and society.

       Divorce certainly does have a harmful impact on families and society and each family has problems of their own. These problems absolutely support both the conservatives reasons as well as the liberals reasons. I believe domestic violence, economic insecurity, and inadequate public support are incidents that lead to failed marriages. Abortion, illegitimacy, and homosexuality destroys families as well. Whether these incidents are chosen or completely uncontrollable it is up to that partnership to either pull through or divorce.
      Barbara Defoe Whitehead in " The Making of a Divorce Culture" certainly lays out reality. We as Americans all wish to go into a marriage believing that it will last until eternity but it is factual that the percentage of lasting marriages has decreased significantly. Why is it that divorce is frowned upon? After all it is not our life, we are not struggling and all though the actual process of divorce may seem easy I am sure the emotional toll it takes on the family is far from easy.