Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage: Improving Health

by NathalieG on February 27, 2013 - 11:41pm

The article "Republicans Sign Brief in Support of Gay Marriage" by Sheryl Gay Stolberg in the New York Times from February 25th, 2013 explains that many important Republican figures in the United States signed a brief saying that gay couples had the right to marry.  Though the Republicans are not usually associated with support for gay rights, some of the signatures have said that legalizing homosexual marriage could even help conservative family values because the children of same-sex couples could grow up in houses with two parents.  People including Laura Bush, a former first lady, and Dick Cheney, a former vice-president, have signed the brief in support of this cause. This brief will be handed over to the Supreme Court to support a case trying to overturn California's Proposition 8: a law that bans gay marriage in the said state. Many conservatives are against this change in position from many powerful Republicans, since laws define marriage as “the union between a man and a woman.”  Polls have shown that the general population of the United States has become much more accepting of gay marriage over the past years.

In another article entitled “French Assembly passes gay marriage, adoption bill” by Jamey Keaten and the Associated Press from February 12th, 2013, it is explained that gay marriage has been legalized in France.  Gay couples will also have the right to adopt children in this country.  According to Corinne Narassiguin, a socialist representative, having this law pass will benefit society in general and marks a social evolution.  However, despite the bill passing by 329 to 229 votes by the National Assembly, polls have shown that only a slight majority of the population is for gay marriage.  In August, there were even major protests against it.

In the academic journal article “Health and Happiness” by Erin Dean published on February 1st, 2012 in Nursing Standard, the author makes a point about same-sex couples in civil partnerships being much happier than people in couples who are not.  The article explains that being married has many positive effects on a person, from reducing cancer risks to better performance at work.  However, many gay, lesbians, bi- and transgender people have less good health and happiness, especially if they are not open about their sexuality.  Civil partnerships are also not accepted by everyone in society, so the journal suggests education on equality.  The academic discipline the journal article relates to health, since it focuses mostly on how someone’s health is improved by being in a civil partnership.

Although Dean says that civil partnerships have the same good effects on people as a regular marriage, he admits that the laws in Britain do not help equality campaigners since they do not legalize same-sex marriage.  Not only France is making a huge step towards greater equality by legalizing gay marriage and adoption, but it is also improving the health of many people in the country by giving them this right.  The United States is also making advances since people who have long been against same-sex marriage are now starting to support it.  It’s nice to see that family values are more important to some conservative people than the law of marriage being solely between a man and a woman.  Changing the laws in both these countries is a good start, but it is important that society accepts these relationships.  By accepting them, people in gay couples have a better chance of living the happy and healthy lives they deserve just as much as others.  Luckily, in Canada, same-sex couples already have the right to marriage, but it is important for these couples to have this right everywhere in the world.

Comments

Hey i wrote an article concerning same-sex marriages. It relates to what you wrote because as you wrote, "It is important for these couples to have this right everywhere in the world". Uganda is currently going through the decision of passing a law that would imprison homosexuals which i think you will find quite shocking.

Here's a link to my article,

http://newsactivist.com/content/kill-gays-bill-back-action

Hey, you should take a look at my article; it takes a view on the issue of the LGBT community in a very different perspective. http://newsactivist.com/node/1494  Happy reading!

I am also a supporter of same-sex marriage. I think it's wrong for people to have to suffer, because others only accept what is believed to be traditional. Times are changing, and it's time our attitudes start changing as well. I really enjoy this sentence you wrote: "It’s nice to see that family values are more important to some conservative people than the law of marriage being solely between a man and a woman." I feel the same way, and I think it's important in society for others to be open minded and respect beliefs other than their own.

Similarly to what is mentioned in this post, I am in favor of same-sex marriages. I personally think that legalizing it is a huge step on the right path. Since values, norms and behaviors have changed a lot in the last fifty years, adapting laws to the society we’ve become should be mandatory. The legalization of same sex marriage would diminish the negative psychological and emotional effects that are created because homosexuals can’t express who they really are. Based on the theory of relativism, governments should allow same-sex marriages because nobody chooses who they are attracted to. Who are we to judge and create laws based on our opinions of what is right and what is wrong?

What gives someone the right to tell you that you aren't allowed to be with the one that you love? Everyone's life should be intimate and personal. It isn't any of the governments business to decide whether same-sex couples can get married or adopt children. If the couple is happy, they should be allowed to be together. They aren't hurting anyone by professing their love to each other. Every state in the United-States should legalize gay marriage.

I am in favor of the marriage between two people of the same-sex, since they are human beings like everybody else, therefore they should have the right to express the love they feel for each other through marriage. I know religion is against this since marriages have for only purpose to procreate, but it was the case long time ago, not anymore. Now that we know marriage improves health, there is another reason to legalize marriage between two people of the same-sex.

I am for same sex marriage, and I believe everyone else should be too.  Everyone should have the same rights and therefor, same sex marriage should be legalized everywhere. No one has the right to prevent two people in love from getting married. Furthermore, I also believe that homosexual couples should have the right to adopt children. They are no different from anyone else and have the same rights as heterosexual couples. In short, I believe same sex marriage should be legalized for they are entitled to the same rights and freedom as everyone else. 

Personally I believe that same sex marriage should be legal everywhere. As individuals we have the right to be what we want and what we are and no one should say otherwise. What people do in their personal life does not concern anyone else but himself or herself. By not legalising gay marriage we are putting a limitation to the freedom of individuals. Not only that, in a legal sense some things can be really complicated for gay couples if they are not married. If your spouse is sick and you are not legally married you can’t make any decisions for them if they can’t do it for themselves. I also believe that gay couples should have the right to adopt children because sexuality does not influence your parenting abilities. But how other people perceive your family might affect it. The problem does not lie in the sexuality of people but rather on how as a society judges this sexuality.  We are denying them this right to be married only because they do not represent the majority and this is not fair.   

a)      I feel enthusiastic about the fact that France is taking a major step in the acceptance of gay marriage, even if the country doesn’t have complete support of the population. I have no idea why so much people, in a modern-day reality, will protest against the freedom, love and even health of many individuals. I am vary proud that some republicans finally give their official support to gay marriage. In countries such as Great-Britain and the United States, I don’t even understand why it is illegal to marry two loving individuals on the basis that they are of the same sex? It makes no sense to me. This blog post gives me a bit of hope.

 People should be allowed to marry and love who they want even if this person is from the same sex.  Governments should not have the right to be implicated in deciding on whether or not same sex marriage should be legal or not because by doing so they are interfering with an individual’s personal life and freedom. Due to the fact that there are less people that get married with someone from the same sex as them makes them a minority in our societies but this does not give anyone the right to discriminate them or to perceive them differently, therefore governments should allow this kind of marriage.

I find it really nice to see that everyone is agreeing that it should be legal, even though we know that people in a lot of people in the U.S. and even in the west of Canada don't all agree with this.  One of my friends came out to me recently and I'm sure he would like to see that so many people are for gay relationships!  In high school, he still thinks that most people would regard him differently.  I find that sad and hope that he can eventually be accepted by everyone.

The positive health changes are more significant than the negative ones. Reducing cancer risks is something important and valuable. Also, the fact that many gay, lesbian, bi- and transgender people have less good health and happiness especially because they are not open about their sexuality should not influence the legalization of same-sex marriage. Those people are not open about their personal life because the society led them hard life. If same-sex marriage is legalized, the society will be more indulgent and will eventually get used to the revolution what will lead gay, lesbian, bi- and transgender people to be more open about their personal life and consequently be happier and healthier. If legalization of same-sex marriage is all that is needed to make same-sex couples healthier then what are the other countries waiting for ?

Same as you guys, I believe that same-sex marriage should be legal and that they can adopt children to build a happy family. Firstly, marriage is between two persons and not the whole world. In the article, it says that many conservative people emphasize on the fact that marriage is define “as the unions between a man and a woman” but why the society has to emphasize on the sex of the person instead of the happiness they will have in the future ? In my point of view, happiness is more valuable than following the rules in the past.
People say that it doesn't follow the tradition but in fact if we always follow the tradition, we won’t have a society like now. The world is changing and evolution is needed. We cannot always do the same thing as before because everything now is changing. Also, about the adoption of children, I think that they are doing a favor for us. There are many children in the world that are abandoned and they help us to give them a warm house so I don’t see why the government is being against this when they are just helping out. Again, marriage is a privilege that everyone deserve; no one should be discriminate of the privilege.

I think that we can all agree that the younger the generations, the more we are open about gay marriage. Just look at all the comments on this post, we are all young adults who completely agree with each other. I believe that we are the ones who will make a difference since we grew up knowing that there was nothing wrong with gay, lesbians and bi. I still can’t understand why people don’t accept this. It is not like there was only a couple of gay, lesbians and bi in the world. They deserve to have the same rights as everybody because they are human beings and they are present around the world. It is practically impossible for a country to not have any gay lesbians and bi in their population…Of course not all of them come out because in many countries this is a violation. So here is one thing I wonder; since they are present around the world, why not make it part of the United Nations human rights chart? And by this, I mean not only creating a law but making sure that all countries apply it. There is already a right which says that everyone is equal no matter what, but is it really applied everywhere? This can take time but it is definitely something that we, the younger generations, will work and fight for.

I too am in favor of same sex marriage. I believe that it is a fundamental civil right to be able to marry another human being. It is great that more and more countries are making way and voting to legalize gay marriage. And the beneficial impact on the gay communities health is considerable. But slim majorities win many of these bills. Many people are still not in favor and are not discrete about it. Is it enough for gay marriage to be legalized even though it isn’t accepted by everyone? Will this continuing discrimination pose problem?

c) Legalizing gay marriage, whether looking at it from a deontological or consequential approach, will never bring harm to society or to individuals. Society should encourage these values of tolerance and family, which themselves promote self-confidence, trust and a healthier, united society. Why should gay people be denied the right to formalize the bond of marriage when love and healthy relationships are encouraged in our society? Changing this law can not only bring equality and joy for gay people, but it can also educate communities on differences and tolerance. Furthermore, why should something be overpowered when it comes to someone’s private love life? Government and authorities do not think twice when giving a marriage license to a straight couple, why should they do something else for a loving gay couple? Overall, the impact of this decision on society would have no negative impact and could even bring positive influences to our lifestyles and this law should therefore be changed and accepted everywhere.

Hey Nat! This was a really well written article! I agree that same sex marriage should be legalized world-wide, especially since it is even shown to reduce the risk of getting cancer. I am thinking of this issue in a consequentialist point of view, and from what I have read in this article, I could definitely see that the benefits outweigh the bad consequences (if there even are any). I value health and most of all happiness and it seems that by legalizing same sex marriage, it could bring much happiness to SO many people, not only for the couple, but for children that may be in their lives in the future. I also think that everyone should be allowed to make their own choices, and I think that if they feel it is the right thing to do, then the couple should be allowed to make their own decision and get married. Laws shouldn`t prevent them from making their own choices.

Hey Nat! This was a really well written article! I agree that same sex marriage should be legalized world-wide, especially since it is even shown to reduce the risk of getting cancer. I am thinking of this issue in a consequentialist point of view, and from what I have read in this article, I could definitely see that the benefits outweigh the bad consequences (if there even are any). I value health and most of all happiness and it seems that by legalizing same sex marriage, it could bring much happiness to SO many people, not only for the couple, but for children that may be in their lives in the future. I also think that everyone should be allowed to make their own choices, and I think that if they feel it is the right thing to do, then the couple should be allowed to make their own decision and get married. Laws shouldn`t prevent them from making their own choices.

I’m not quite sure whether or not I’m missing a larger part of this debate, but it seems to me that the only reason there’s an argument going on about whether gay couples should be allowed to marry is because there are conservative thinkers that are not open to change and don’t really take the time to objectively analyse and understand their beliefs. Personally, I have nothing against the idea of gay couples being bound by matrimony, and I can’t think of any argument I’ve come across that even comes close to explaining why it would be wrong for them to do so. Perhaps with time the social construct will change and learn to better accommodate people with sexual differences. Until then, to each their own, and mind your own goddamn business, as my uncle would say (that was a television reference that it’s okay if you didn’t get).

Hello, I just read your article and I really approve everything you've said. I still don't understand how some people are able to be completely ignorant about homosexuality when it's a democratised reality in our current era. People's ignorance about this matter can make them very hateful on behalf of same-sex couples and homosexuals in general. Indeed, people can be really crual when they have to face situations or realities that they're not necessarily used to. But homosexuality is less and less taboo and people are more and more open about it. Many actors, singers, athletes and even politicians have come out in the last 20 years which is a big step up from the beginning of the 20th century where people would hide their sexuality and even deny it and live their life as a heterosexual. Isn't that sad?

I think that we should be able to talk about homosexuality as if it were any topic. We often get a bit ill-at-ease when the subject comes up, but why do we exactly ? There's nothing to get crazed about. Homosexuals represent 10% of each population. In your own class, on average, if there are 20 students, at leat 2 students are from the LGBTQ (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning\queer) community. An it's fine. The sad part is that they might be closet students because they're afraid of what people will think or say. They're afraid of how people will act with them. Will they really keep acting the same way as they always did or will they stop talking to the said person ? What about their parents ? Will they kick them out of their house or will they accpet their child's sexual orientation? Of course, the phenomenon is not widespread. Many adolescents and young adults are very lucky because their families have very open-minded values. Sadly, it just is not the case for everyone.

I think that information about the matter and more positive visibility on television and on the media will really help demystify the LGBTQ community and reduce homophobia. There already are more TV shows with lesbian and gay characters, but it must continue!

Maybe in a few years, we will not have to use the terms ''LGBTQ'' or ''heterosexuals'' to determine a person anymore and we will talk about this matter as we now talk about black colored people. We're all the same. We're all humans with flesh and bones.