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The question of whether gays should be allowed to marry in society is one that has been on the United States agenda recently There are those who say that marriage is a right that should be given to all and that denying gays this right is a form of oppression To decide whether or not gays are in fact being oppressed and if they should be allowed to marry I will analyze the works of Edmund Burke Jeremy Bentham and Karl Marx In his Reflections on the Revolution in France Edmund Burke speaks of the reason for having society He says If civil society be made for the advantage of man all the advantages for which it has made become his right 13 What he means is that the point of government is to provide for the benefit of the people and it accomplishes this outside of mans natural rights Government is not made in virtue of natural rights which may and do exist in total independence of it 13 He defines government as a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants 14 and those who want to reap the benefits must allow a sufficient restraint on their passions 14 for society to function properly In this way we say that Burkes view of society is one in which the people are happy and cared for Concerning the rights of those in society he gives this broad definition Whatever each man can separately do without trespassing upon others he has a right to do for himself and he has a right to a fair portion of all which society with all its combinations of skill and force can do in his favor 13 Based on this since gay marriages are simultaneously in peoples favor and not trespassing on any others rights it would seem that Burke would allow this action However there is another important part of Burkes philosophy that conflicts with the
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