- causes damage to homosexual individuals:
- it does not assure the respect of fundamental rights, particularly the right to equality, against discrimination
- it does not grant homosexuals the right to happiness: they can not marry the person they love.
- it does not respect people's freedom of choice
while same-sex marriage would benefit homesexual individuals:
- would assure stability, as well as legal and financial benefits.
- causes damage to societies:
- it encourages discrimination, labelling homosexuals as second class citizens that does not have the same rights of the others.
while same-sex marriage would benefit societies:
- it would encourage stable relationships, that create stable societies
- it would provide the environment for families, that are the basis of societies
- it would promote happiness
- it would reduce the need for society to provide support for citizens, because partners care for each other
- is not harmful to the institution of marriage:
- same sex marriage would strenghten this institution, making it available to a higher number of people
- it just represents an evolution of the institution of marriage, according to the evolution of customs in societies.
These are the points I found to support our thesis.
I prepared a scheme to help me during my speach -the conclusion- including these main points. My summary of course has to be based on the debate, so I will try to add any other theme we will discuss during the debate...