Gay marriage should be allowed.
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So this is a debate. The topic is on the title position. Religious conservatives and homophobes are not encouraged. Personal feelings are to be inferior to social samples and anthropological evidence.
Since that report was published in 2002, a number of additional studies have been published showing that children with same sex parents do at least as well on the outcomes studied as children as opposite sex parents.
"Since nothing is certain until it is, that study is not sufficient to prove that gay marriage is bad, and since it is not bad, it should be allowed. "
- it does not harm anyone directly. (I will address this in the next round)
- there are studies showing both positive and negative effects on children raised by homosexual couples, and we should ignore the negative studies in favor of the positive ones
- some women, regardless of marital status or age, do not prioritize having children.
Reproduction as an Essential Component of Marriage
However, the proportion of childless adults in the population has increased significantly since then. The proportion of childlessness among women aged 40–44 was 10% in 1976, reached a high of 20% in 2005, then declined to 15% in 2014. In Europe, childlessness among women aged 40–44 is most common in Austria, Spain and the United Kingdom (in 2010-2011).
let's say that 40% of married women did not want nor planned to have children. That would still leave 60% with the opposite view, meaning that a majority of women do view reproduction as a priority in marriage.
My opponent's argument is that there are conflicting studies as to the effect on children of homosexual couples, therefore homosexuals should be allowed to marry. I would actually agree to a certain extent that it is hard to make an authoritative conclusion about the specific effects of homosexual parents on a child's development only based on studies. However, I think my opponent made the wrong conclusion.
Sociologists studying marriage and divorce rates now have a huge body of statistics to rely on and various notable studies have been conducted.
These studies generally agree that:
- The divorce rate of same-sex marriages tends to be significantly lower than that of heterosexual marriages. One study conducted by the Williams Institute at the University of California Los Angeles found that 2% of the total number of married straight couples get divorced, compared to about 1% of married same-sex couples.
- The divorce rate of lesbian marriages is always significantly higher, and in some cases, nearly twice than that for gay male marriages.This is consistent with the general finding that women are usually the initators of divorce in heterosexual marriages.
God designed Eve to complete that which was lacking in Adam’s life. “And Adam said, … She shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man” (Genesis 2:23).
3. Couples are more likely to legally formalize their relationship when marriage is an option, as opposed to a marriage-equivalent domestic partnership or civil union registration in states where only those options are allowed.5. A smaller percentage of same-sex couples register or marry in comparison to straight couples, but if current trends continue the marriage/registration rates will be similar in about ten years.
First, marriage is much more attractive to same-sex couples than a legally equivalent registration as civil union or domestic partners. This finding is consistent with other studies that have shown that same-sex couples are more interested in the social symbolism and community acceptance that is bestowed by marriage, as opposed to the "dry" technical benefits of a domestic partnership or civil union.
"A 2011 study for states with available data initially reported that the dissolution rates for same-sex couples were slightly lower on average (on average, 1.1% of all same-sex couples were said to divorce each year, ranging from 0% to 1.8% in various jurisdictions) than divorce rates of different-sex couples (2% of whom divorce annually).The Washington Post retracted a headline about this report because the study had incorrectly calculated the percentage due to an error in capturing when the same-sex marriages began. As a result, the corrected findings show a 2% divorce rate for same-sex couples—the same as opposite-sex couples." (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divorce_of_same-sex_couples)
(https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2014/12/15/same-sex-divorce-rate-not-as-low-as-it-seemed/?arc404=true, open in Incognito mode to avoid annoying subscription ads)
4. FruitfulnessGod’s first command in Scripture is this: “… Be fruitful [bear fruit], and multiply [increase], and replenish [fill] the earth …” (Genesis 1:28).The very nature and character of God is to multiply life, whereas the nature and character of Satan is to multiply death.