Posted: April 21st, 2016
Here is article. give me three discussions on this discussion question. Please read “A Gay Man’s Case Against Gay Marriage” by Michael Bronski on pages 688–689 of your text. Then reply with your analysis of the rhetorical situation of the essay. What is Bronski’s reason for writing? What is his purpose and angle? Who do you think his audience might be? Finally, think about the writing strategies Bronski uses to achieve his overall purpose. Based on our discussions of commentary and argumentative writing, what strategies do you think he relies upon to present his position?
The best argument against same-sex marriage is the argument against marriage.
I’ve been a gay activist since the gay-liberation Stonewall Riots in 1969, and today I’m a visiting professor of gay and lesbian studies at Dartmouth College. I’m often asked why gay men and lesbians are fighting for same-sex marriage, and my answer is always the same: I don’t really know. To me, the fight for same-sex marriage seems not so much shortsighted as beside the point.
Don’t get me wrong. I completely support giving gay men and lesbians the right to partake of civil marriage, and the basic economic benefits that come with it, simply as a matter of equality under the law. Within a generation most states will likely follow Massachusetts’ bold lead and insure marriage equality for all couples. It’s a no-brainer: states that don’t allow gay men and lesbians access to the legal status given to heterosexuals blatantly discriminate.
What I don’t understand is why gay men and lesbians want to get married. The unswerving fight that gay men and lesbians have waged for marriage equality has been predicated largely on the idea that traditional marriage is the best possible form a relationship can take. For gay-marriage advocates, marriage carries the gold seal of approval: however loving, fruitful, or productive other relationships are, they are, by definition, not as good as marriage.
This is curious, given how deeply ambivalent heterosexuals are about marriage. It’s there in the 50 percent divorce rate, the high rates of spouse and child abuse, the incidence of adultery—check the record of the congressmen who voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, never mind average couples. Despite their distinct 1950s ring, jokes about balls-and-chains still abound, and the famous Mae West quip, “Marriage is an institution, I’m just not ready for an institution yet,” still gets laughs.
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