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Wolfson and Santorum

Wolfson and Santorum hold two opposing arguments. Wolfson is clearly in support of legalizing gay marriage while Santorum wants us to go back to a traditional family unit. Wolfson refutes the claim that gay families are unnatural and believes that everyone deserves a right to be married. He uses several examples of gay couples who have been together for years and discusses their plight. One of the central pieces to his argument is that marriage has evolved past a mere religious duty; it comes with a long list of benefits. If gay people are refused their unalienable rights, that is unjust, according to Wolfson. He also compares it to when interracial marriage was banned. I think his argument is well spoken overall and quite valid. To further back up his claims, he talks about the definition of marriage in today’s society. Santorum’s article has a more personal and emotional edge. It sounds more like the transcript of a speech than an article. Samtorum seems to rely more on statistics than Wolfson does, which is interesting. To Santorum, it is unnatural for children to grow up with parents of the same gender. This is why children need a two parent household with parents of opposite genders. He focuses much more on the children than Wolfson does in his piece. Wolfson focuses more on the rights marriage itself provides. Santorum thinks that marriage has become too much more for adults than children. He thinks it is too much for individual happiness and that people need to focus on actually creating a solid family unit. Santorum wants to protect marriages. I think both of these articles gives an interesting look at the opposing sides of the legalizing gay marriage debate. Personally, I am more for legalizing gay marriage than not. The only thing that I agree with Santorum on is that single-parent households can be problematic. It can be very difficult for a single working mom or dad to raise a child and find time for everything. However, who says that two parents of the same gender can’t raise a healthy child together? As long as the two parents are loving and nurturing, it shouldn’t be a major issue.

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~ by papoufruit on April 2, 2014.

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