February 2, 2012 Leave a comment
Of the many highly divisive issues in the poll, I chose gay or lesbian relations because of the issue’s commonness and increasing relevance and also because I just want to share my own two cents.
I would count gay or lesbian relationships on its own along with potential implications like gay marriage as “neutral” because I reason that it is so by considering why it is neither “right” or “wrong”.
A few reasons why it isn’t wrong:
1. First, one has the right to choose and be in a relationship with whom he or she wants to be with. Not allowing two people of the same sex to have a relationship is essentially the same as denying them an exercise in free will.
2. There is an increasing number of studies proposing links between homosexuality and a number of genetic, hormonal and neuroanatomical factors resulting in it. These studies are worthy of consideration in spite of their potential weaknesses e.g. natural selection and the culture of the society in question.
3. Not allowing or tolerating gay or lesbian relations can be seen as being discriminatory towards them, especially when under normal circumstances a relationship between two gays or lesbians is virtually identical to a normal heterosexual couple.
It can be said that gay or lesbian relations are not right as well because:
1. Many religions consider homosexual relations as a sin. Many people of faith disagree with these kinds of relations because of this and they have every right to do so.
2. They run contrary to the “natural law” from a Catholic standpoint. After all, only a male and female union can result in procreation, “closing the sexual act to the gift of life”.
3. It can undermine the nature and institution of marriage. If gay relations lead to this and if it were to be legalized, people are more liable to, in a nutshell, take marriage less seriously.
With regard to there being situations when the action doesn’t need to be considered bad or sinful, I believe that the act itself is sinful based on Catholic principles but not “bad” or morally wrong in itself. Personally, I feel that if two gays or lesbians were in a relationship characterized by mutual trust and understanding, then by no means should it be considered morally wrong.
Based on my standpoint on only this issue, I am most probably a moral relativist. I’m most concerned with the circumstances of the relationship and the people involved rather than considering the nature of the act itself. I’m still quite capable of being evaluativist, though, especially in other issues such as adultery or killing another human being.
Scenario: If I was giving a pep talk to a friend in a gay or lesbian relationship or thinking of getting into one:
Think hard. Be very sure that your partner will treat you with utmost love and respect, and that you will do the same. This should be your foremost concern. Who am I to judge or condemn you for your decision, especially if it can make your life so much richer? However, this also means that you must be sensitive towards others, especially to those who disagree with your course of action or at the very least are uncomfortable with it, so tread softly.