Opposition Evaluation

Opposition Evaluation Paper
Natalie Vidos
University of Phoenix
Wealth and Power in America
Oscar Gonzalez
July 03, 2010

Opposition Evaluation Paper
      The subject of gay marriage is one of great debate. This topic has strong polarizing viewpoints and each sect is very much unyielding within their arguments. The argument at hand is not one of every day rights. Most people agree that homosexuals should have the same rights in housing, jobs, public accommodations, equal access to government benefits, and equal protection of the law. Once the subject then approaches the right to marry, all talk of equality abruptly stops.
      Nearly seventy percent of people in the U.S. oppose gay marriage, almost the same proportion as are otherwise supportive of gay rights (Eskridge, 1996, p. 96). This means that many of the same people who are even passionately in favor of gay rights oppose gays on this one issue. The debate on this issue has many individuals running scared because of the scare tactics and hate propaganda used from the parties of the opposition. The major groups who oppose gay marriage are primarily religionists, and conservatives. These two groups hold mostly the same core values and view homosexuality as either a sin, a choice, or flat out pervasion. The thought process is that same-sex couples do not posses or can obtain an optimum environment in which to raise children. That's an interesting argument considering that society does allow murderers, convicted felons of all sorts, even known child molesters to freely marry and procreate, and do so every day. These same critics give this point hardly a second thought. So if children are truly the priority here, why is this allowed? Why are the advocates of this argument not working to prohibit the above categories of people from raising children?
      The players in this hate spirited campaign are obviously ones with homophobic agendas. Many who call themselves “Christian” do not in any way...