The Ethical Dilemma Same Sex Marriage

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The same sex marriage has been a highly controversial topic in recent years. And both people who support it and who don’t have their own reasons. But it is clear that with more and more people’s attention and propaganda, same sex marriage are accepted gradually. Many of the states having been adding law that makes same sex marriage legal. Some businesses, nevertheless, seem not willing to embrace the idea of assisting gay and lesbian couples in helping them prepare their wedding ceremony.
People hold completely two different views toward same sex marriage. And people called this phenomenon “An ethical dilemma”. Is these businesses their behavior ethical or not? There won’t be a clear and persuasive answer up to now. But what we can do at this
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But note that legal doesn’t mean ethical. Here, those businesses don't welcome same sex marriage, their behavior and attitude don’t break any law for sure, so that is definitely a legal behavior. But it is somewhat unethical because it is a kind of discrimination. They treat gay or lesbian special or at least different from others. So in those businessman’s eye, as long as they don’t break any law, they have the right to select the customers they are willing to serve. In gay and lesbian’s view, however, they feel they are not respected as normal people and they find it is really hard or even impossible for them to enjoy the services like everybody else, and the only reason is because their sexual…show more content…
The reason is that duty-based ethics is that the intent of an action. Here, those businesses they don’t want and indeed not provide the services to certain groups of people. This situation is totally different from they don't have the ability to do so. And what is worse, if we judge this case by outcome-based ethics, the result we get is still the same: their behavior is morally bad. In this judgement, we don't care about why or why not those businesses in wedding industry they don't want to serve gay or lesbian’s wedding. We only care the outcome. It is easy to see that the outcome is bad obviously. Gay or lesbian couples their wedding ceremonies can’t gain enough support and assistance from wedding company. Under this circumstance, the disadvantage is easy to conduct, is that these wedding companies would loss a portion of their potential customer and consequently, affected their profit.
Suppose if you are a gay or lesbian, what you wish on your wedding day is simply a common wedding ceremony like everybody else. But the cruel fact is that no one is willing to help you make your little and simple wish come true. Think about that huge psychological gap, how would feel if you are put into that situation. All in all, if we apply ethical theories here, we found whether duty-based or outcome-based, those wedding companies’
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