Target: Robert P. George, Sherif Girgis, and Ryan T. Anderson
Goal: Demand apology from CNN writers who insisted that gay marriage leads to a breakdown of social norms.
In a recent article on CNN’s website entitled “Gay Marriage, then Group Marriage?” the writers denigrate the right to marry for gays and lesbians. In this article, Robert George, Sherif Girgis, and Ryan Anderson question the legitimacy of gay marriage by claiming that if the government recognizes same-sex unions, they will be forced to recognize polygamous unions as well. This slippery slope logic is the same tactic that has been used for decades and counteracts the goals of human rights advocacy. By claiming that if society allows one transgression of social norms, other more “deviant” behaviors will occur, these writers are using scare tactics to prevent the social acceptance of gay marriage.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered community (LGBT) has fought for centuries against discrimination. In 18th Century Britain, homosexuals used to be imprisoned or hanged for their “deviant” behavior. Officials feared that if homosexual impulses were left unchecked the entire society would come apart. Now, these CNN affiliates are using the same logic to undermine the Gay Right’s Movement by arguing that “Redefining marriage would, by further eroding its central norms, weaken an institution that has already been battered by widespread divorce, out-of-wedlock child bearing and the like.” The argument that marriage is a fragile institution which will be weakened by allowing gay marriage is an argument that has also been used before. In the 1950’s, men argued that women entering the workplace would weaken the institution of marriage.
CNN is generally a progressive news station. However, the discriminatory arguments found in this article are detrimental to the Gay Rights’ Movement. Please ask the writers of this article to apologize for equating gay marriage with the downfall of society.
Dear Robert P. George, Sherif Girgis, and Ryan T. Anderson,
Your recent article entitled “Gay Marriage, then Group Marriage?” uses logical fallacies to equate gay marriage with polygamy and the breakdown of social norms. By claiming that if gays and lesbians are allowed to marry the government will be forced to allow polygamous marriages as well, you are using scare tactics to shock and provoke your audience into denying basic human rights for gays and lesbians. This article is counteractive to the goals of human rights organizations and assumes that being gay is a deviant act.
In your article, you also claim that the primary incentive for governments to recognize marriage is because of children. However, gays and lesbians are perfectly capable of being parents via either adoption or in vitro fertilization. Either way, gays and lesbians still provide the same incentives for marriage that heterosexual couples do, as far as reproduction is concerned.
The LGBT community has been fighting discrimination for centuries. However, CNN has typically been a progressive news network and viewers expect that this media station will support the basic human rights of gays and lesbians. Please apologize for your article, which denigrates gay marriage and gay rights.
[Your Name Here]
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