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Gallagher’s Weakest Argument: “Marriage is traditionally an institution between man and woman.”

This is true; as defined over the general history of our country and the world. In addition, Gallagher provides a claim that the purpose of marriage is procreation, and to provide a safe environment for rearing children. Her evidence is men and women in union naturally produce children. However, there is a major weakness in this argument: it indicates that a long-standing belief in something ensures correctness, which opens the claim to many counterexamples. Much discrimination that was once accepted by society is currently considered unacceptable: slavery, sexism, and adolescent marriages are just a few. Because of the potential for strong counterexamples, we consider this a weak argument. (See figure 6)






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