Marriage Equality

Sep 14, 2017 in Consideration

“Why I Am Signing Marriage Equality into Law”

In this article, the author proposes some of the reasons which made him sign the Marriage Equality Act into law thus legalizing gay marriages in Rhode Island in New England, United States of America. The major arguments presented by the author are to encourage job creation and to promote harmonious existence among the people of Rhode Island. The author argues that the people of Rhode Island should learn to tolerate different viewpoints of other people such as varied sexual orientations.

Quality of the Premises

In my opinion, the premises or ideas presented by Lincoln Chafee in the article are not convincing or persuasive enough. This is because he has not addressed the issue of legalization of gay marriages in the Rhode Island in greater details. For example, the author does not give clear reasons why he supports gay marriages. Instead, he sways the attention of readers by introducing political and socio-economic issues such as job creation and peaceful co-existence without clearly stating why he supports the legalization of gay marriages by signing the Marriage Equality Act into law. The author does not also provide convincing reasons why gay marriages should be legalized. Weighty issues such as the morality of gay marriages in the community (Badgett 162) and civil liberties (Mello 79) are also not discussed in the article. The author does not also provide any evidence to demonstrate why he decided to sign the Marriage Equality Act into thus legalizing gay marriages. For my part, the premises logically support the editorial’s conclusion but they may not be acceptable because they are not well presented and discuss legalization of gay marriages shallowly.

The author has effectively used language and introduction of touchy issues into the article to mislead readers. For example, he introduces the issues of job creation and unemployment among youths to divert the attention of readers from the issue at hand. Similarly, the author claims that tolerance and prosperity are the fundamental basis for economic growth in the region, thus, tolerating gay marriages would lead to economic growth. Unfortunately, no evidence is provided to prove this assumption.

In my view, this article is a mere explanation about a political move taken by the Lincoln Chafee rather than a review of the contentious issue of legalization of gay marriages in Rhode Island and the United States of America as a whole.

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