Same-Sex Marriage and Tradition
University of Phoenix
Business Communications and Critical Thinking
November 01, 2012
Same Sex-Marriage and Tradition
Gay marriage violates tradition. The definition of “tradition”, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is a “long-established custom or belief that has been passed on from one generation to another”. It has been a long-established custom and belief that marriage should only exist between a man and a woman. “A central point of contention in the national debate over same-sex marriage is the importance of preserving tradition. Opponents of such bans argue that tradition is an illegitimate ...view middle of the document...
Many traditions were brought with them, some they shed, and some new traditions were established through their own ideals and beliefs.
In 1776 the political leaders and statesmen of the original thirteen colonies of the United States of America drafted and signed the Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, which among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” (Independence Hall Association, 1995) There were no exemptions written.
Arguments against same-sex marriage vary depending on the opponents moral, religious, and traditional beliefs. One main argument is that including same-sex marriage in the laws forces tax payers to foot the bill for the benefits that will then be available to this non-traditional couple. These include Social Security and employer provided benefits. Where this argument loses its validity is in its nearsightedness. We pay our state and federal income tax based on our income, and everyone pays the same rate in sales tax based on their location. These taxes are not figured based on the taxpayer’s sexual orientation and preference. Let’s look at this argument from another angle. If lawmakers submitted a bill that homosexuals will pay less taxes then heterosexuals, would the argument for equality come in to play? If all citizens are expected to pay taxes equally then they should be allowed the same benefits financed by those taxes based on equality and not denied those benefits based on their personal choices.
Religious opponents for same-sex marriage refer to the Bible when making their argument. In the King James Version of the bible, the definition of marriage is as follows: “The act of uniting a man and woman for life; wedlock; the legal union of a man and woman for life. Marriage is a contract both civil and religious, by which the parties engage to live together in mutual affection and fidelity, till death shall separate them. Marriage was instituted by God himself for the purpose of preventing the promiscuous intercourse of the sexes, for promoting domestic felicity…..” (The King James Bible Page, n.d.) Based on this definition, governed by the laws of Christianity, same-sex marriage is not an option. Within the Christian community they have the right to deny those that do not follow standards set within the Bible. They have the right to deny a divorced women and those that marry divorced women: Matthew 5:32 “But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.” They also have the right to deny anyone that cuts their hair, has tattoos, or body piercings: Leviticus 19:27-28: “27 Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard.28 Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any...