20 September 2010
Rogerian Argument Rough Draft/Outline
* The issue of marriage rights when it comes to same-sex relationships is arguably the most intensely debated subject of today. Proponents of same-sex marriages claim that the barring of such activities is both unjust and a violation of their fundamental rights to live freely with whomever they please. However complex the opposing arguments may be, the issue at hand is a simple one to define: do all human beings have the right to enter into legally recognized, same-sex marriages?
2. Summary of Opposing Views
* In summation, support for same-sex marriage is often based upon what is regarded as a universal human rights issue, equality before the law, and the goal of normalizing LGBT relationships. Supporters of same-sex marriage also argue that opposition to their views often stems from rigidity and/or homophobia. Supporters also liken prohibitions on same-sex marriage to past prohibitions on interracial marriage.
3. Statement of Understating
* If one were to strip away the title, the arguments, and the prejudgments they would see that real issue at hand is whether two people, regardless of gender, should be allowed to love each other and have that said love recognized by all the country. In this context, the answer is a clear yes. If not for the issue of legal recognition and tradition, this argument almost seems like a done deal in favor of same-sex marriage rights.
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4. Statement of Your Position
* The opposing argument supported in this essay, however, suggests that same-sex relationships should not be legally supported under the institution of marriage. This primarily arises from a rejection of the use of the word “marriage” as applied to same-sex couples or objections about the legal and social status of marriage itself being applied under any terminology. Also under the context of tradition, marriage has always been defined as being between a man and a woman, in fact this definition has been one of the few things in this world that has been able to link not only countries, but cultures, races, and religions as well. This is not to say that traditions can’t be changed, but there are other ways of legally having a same-sex marriage recognized without unraveling the fabric of one humanity’s longest held institutions. Speaking of our species, opposition to same-sex marriage is also valid when looking at this issue under a biological context. All species that reproduce through sexual intercourse, like humans, only can do so between a male and a female. The biological purpose of the male sperm is to fertilize a female egg. With this understanding, the only logical conclusion that can be reached is that the attached reproductive organs and the beings that carry them, males and female, are meant to be with each other. Scientifically speaking, homosexuality does not contribute to the continuation of our species.
5. Statement of Contexts
* In order to resolve this issue in a way that recognizes both sides of this argument, similarities between the two sides must first be examined. Neither side denies that homosexuals have the right to enter into marriage-like relationships, nor does either side deny that these relationships should be legally recognized. With this knowledge, a more than reasonable solution becomes apparent: civil unions. Civil unions under one name or another have been established by law in many developed countries in order to provide same-sex couples rights, benefits, and responsibilities similar to opposite-sex civil marriage. Under this option, civil unions provide the legal recognition that proponents of same-sex marriage so desire without impeding on the traditions, cultural practices, and religious beliefs that are associated with traditional marriage.
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6. Statement of Benefits
* Those who support same-sex marriage would benefit from adopting elements of the opposing argument because the result, civil unions, would be in favor of both sides. This is because civil unions can be legally supported in such a way that the rights and privileges given under them would be almost identical to that of opposite-sex marriages. The two positions of the argument support each other in that argument in favor of same-sex marriage provides the complete equality that the opposition lacks, and the opposition provides for the continuation established traditions and evolutionary principles that supporting same-sex marriage lacks.