I wrote an essay and passed it up to my GP (General Paper) tutor, as assigned. I hope that I am able to pass this time.. 🙂 Anyway, the essay is regarding gay marriage. We are suppose to write 3 paragraphs, 2 for and 1 against. So, this is my written essay.
P.S I hope to have feedback from readers in order to improve my writing skills…
Should gay marriage be legal in Singapore?
Gay marriage should not be allowed in Singapore as it does not contribute to population growth. Singapore is going through ageing population. Therefore, it needs couple to reproduce to contribute to the population of the society. Although gay couple are able to adopt children, it still does not help in the increase of the Singapore population. For instance, taking lesbian couple, Ellen DeGeneres are married to Portia de Rossi but they did not have any children. It shows that they did not contribute to their own society. This shows that gay marriage should not be allowed in Singapore as gay couples are unable to conceive any children.
Another reason for disallowing gay marriage in Singapore is because many religions do not allow their followers to have same sex marriage. Thus, if gay marriage is allowed in Singapore, it will be disturbing as many Singaporeans will find it difficult to accept the new law. For example, in July 2003, the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in Canada protested the Chrétien government’s plans to include same-sex couples in civil marriage. This is significant because Catholicism has a larger number of adherents in Canada than any other religion or denomination, . This shows that gay marriage should not be allowed in order to avoid discrimination and resentment among the Singaporeans towards gay couple.
However, gay marriage should be allowed to a certain extent because based on research, by banning gay marriages, it actually increases Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection. Bans on gay marriage codify intolerance, causing more gay people to shift to underground sexual behaviours that carry more risk. For example, in United States of America (USA), enacting a same-sex marriage ban is associated with an increase in the estimated HIV rate of 3 to 5 cases per 100,000 people. This shows that gay marriage should be allowed to prevent increases in the risk of insecurity when it comes to public health concerns like HIV.