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03/29/2013

Same-Sex Marriage: Is It Ethical?

While currently, in the United States, the issue of same-sex marriage is holding attention of the public and the United States Supreme Court, it is a settled matter in a number of other countries (Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa an Sweden)
An excellent description of same-sex marriage and its views around the world with links to further detailing of the subject can be found in Wikipedia.

In a writing by Peter Sprigg sponsored by the Family Research Council  titled “The Top Ten Harms of
Same-Sex ‘Marriage'” the following alleged “harms” are outlined.
1.Taxpayers, consumers, and
businesses would be forced to subsidize homosexual relationships.
2,Schools would teach that homosexual relationships are identical to heterosexual ones.
 3.Freedom of conscience and religious liberty would be threatened.
4.Fewer people would marry.
5. Fewer people would remain monogamous and sexually faithful.
6. Fewer people would remain married for a lifetime.
7.Fewer children would be raised by a married mother and father.
8. More children would grow up fatherless.
9. Birth rates would fall.
10.Demands for legalization of polygamy would grow.

The question for my blog is whether my visitors consider that same-sex marriage is an ethical act. Does it do good and is it fair and just?  To help in making the decision, read the brief summary of how to make an ethical decision by the Markulla Center of Santa Clara University.  Remember ethical decisions sometimes may have one principle trump others having lesser ethical significance for that particular issue. Take a few minutes and read at the above links and return here and express your analysis or if you already have considered your response write it now.  ..Maurice.

Graphic: From Google Images and Christian Medical Comment, modified by me with Picasa3.

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