The Summer Scholars who argued
for the affirmative side included Caitlin Guthoff, Ryan Edwards, and
Alana Garvin. The negative side consisted of Aysha Khan, Will Jobs, and
Ruby Garg. The question panel included Dev Jani, Seth Wallin, and Vinson
Wang. Chris Hauff was the moderator.
have become a controversial issue nationwide as well as locally. With
extensive research on the issue of gay marriage, summer scholars presented
a debate on same-sex marriages. Vital issues were addressed from the negative
and affirmative sides.
The affirmative side
presented five arguments:
~Love between two people should be recognized as love in the eyes of
~Homosexual couples adopting kids will give impoverished children a home.
~If married, gay people should be able to enjoy the same tax benefits
and hospital visitation rights as straight people.
~Refusing to acknowledge homosexual marriage is a violation of civil
~Religion cannot be used as a basis to deny gay marriage; there
is no established religion in America.
~The affirmative side declared
to acknowledge gay rights is analogous to discriminating against
people based on race.
The negative side of the debate rebutted the affirmative arguments
by proclaiming that if gay marriages were to be legal, a culture
war would break out. The
negative side depicted the psychological impact of homosexual parents on
adopted children stating that love from a mother and a father is
essential to a child’s
mental health. The negative side also rebutted the hospital visitation
argument explaining that terminally ill patients could dictate visitation
The negative side also claimed that marriage is being used as a political
to achieve political goals and has lost its traditional foundation of love.
The Village of New Paltz Mayor Jason West placed
himself in the midst of the gay marriage issue by conducting gay marriages. He
appeared on the front pages
of newspapers and was charged with 19 counts of misdemeanor charges for
his practices. Jason West played the role of the respondent in the gay marriage
debate. West said that laws are passed to satisfy
the elite, not all Americans. West states homosexuality is biological; therefore,
discriminating against a person because of nature is the worst possible