To be denied the opportunity to marry is to be locked out of one of life’s main identity-defining rituals. Marriage is both an expressive and legal act but for many same-sex couples around the world, it is not an option. Should our legal definition of marriage be expanded to include same-sex couples?
Gay marriage should be legalized
Same-sex couples should enjoy the same rights as heterosexual couples and be allowed to marry.
Not allowing same-sex marriage is discriminatory
To grant different legal rights on the basis of gender, religion, race or sexual orientation is discrimination.
A country or state can create a more competitive economic market by legalizing gay marriage. Many businesses argue that legalizing gay marriage would allow employers a larger pool of creative and hard-working employees. Local economies would also benefit from the revenue from weddings and marriage license fees.
Same-sex couples should be allowed to enter civil unions
Civil unions or partnerships are catch-all terms to describe the formal legal recognition of a relationship but without necessarily granting the full marital rights or label of marriage.
Civil unions provide the best of both worlds
Civil unions offer a compromise that enables all those who advocate for and against same-sex marriages to be able to keep their stand. While a compromise does not scream equality between heterosexuals and homosexuals, it is definitely a step in the right direction.