Toulmin essay on gay marriage

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Gay Marriages

Subjective Claim

Throughout history, a marriage has been a male and female exchanging vows,

promising their lives to eachother. Never did anyone think, that gays had a right to get

married, it was always considered a sin to be gay. Legal binding marriage between two

homosexuals nowadays, whether it be a male and male or a female and female relationship,

should not be legalized after following a long history of marriages. There are too many

factors that need to be addressed when dealing with a gay marriage. My reasoning for this

opinion is not because I'm homophobic, it's just that I don't feel that after following the

bible all these years, why turn against all that has been stated and studied.

Data and Evidence

One factor would have to be, "what if there are children involved in the marriage?"

It is said that "children are better off when raised by their biological parents."

In a

same-sex marriage, one of the parents would be biologically unrelated to the child, or by

chance both. However, without both of the biological parents present, the child would be

at a disadvantage compared to a child with both of his biological parents. Not trying to

state that kids with two biological parents, opposed to one biological parent, has a better

life, it's just the fact that kids would be emotionally hurt without their other biological


Stated previously, "The purpose of marriage is procreation," is another factor. If

one of the purposes of a marriage is to procreate, legalizing gay marriages would be

impossible because of the same sex marriage. This goes against the rituals of a standard

marriage between a male and female. If you can't procreate in a same sex marriage,

there's no way to keep the family name going from...