Understanding the Marriage Debate
If you’ve ever stood for anything in your life, then at some point, you’ve probably debated a hot-button social issue. In America, abortion and gay marriage are the perennial controversial topics on which people refuse to agree to disagree—which is good, because they’re important. Debating and discussing these issues, however, is intellectually tiring and emotionally draining.
A successful conversation requires that both sides communicate effectively not only by means of solid evidence and logic, but also with mutual respect and understanding. Unfortunately, widespread ignorance and emphasis on rhetoric have made a challenging task considerably more daunting, especially in the case of the current marriage debate.
Fellow youth and talented blogger Marc Barnes provides remarkable insight on these challenges in a recent post titled “4 Ways the Gay Marriage Debate Has Been Rigged.” It’s a must-read for anyone who has felt overwhelmed trying to defend marriage between one man and one woman, since understanding the characteristics of the marriage debate can help one see things from a fresh perspective. Barnes regularly writes about social issues, and I highly recommend his blog to our American and international readers alike.