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The first article by Jonathan Rauch is titled For Better or Worse He begins his article by discussing the purpose of marriage and why he feels that marriage was mere tradition initially and then became largely a matter of business In todays world he feels marriage is a voluntary arrangement between two people and consists of what they make of it Throughout the rest of the article Rauch spends time discussing negative views on gay marriages and why they are false He expresses his contempt for these views and gives precise reasons why gay marriages make sense He feels that marriage should be the norm and gay couples should be held to the same standard This union he feels will help in domesticating men and making them reliable caregivers He closes his article by expressing that he is homosexual and would be ashamed if other homosexuals do not push for the right to marry Surprisingly I found the article very enlightening I have never been an advocate of gay marriages but after reading this article I do agree with a lot of what Rauch has to say Rauch asks many pertinent questions throughout this article With each question he allows the reader to examine his own thoughts I believe in his method he is very effective in showing why gay marriages are just as valid as heterosexual marriages Because I am married I can relate to the reasons that Rauch gives for marriage He waits until the last two sentences to let the reader know that he is homosexual I feel this is a clever attempt to not have a biased reader from the onset But I was not fooled at all it was obvious that he was homosexual from the beginning of the article Overall the article was very insightful and thought provoking I enjoyed it very much I give Rauch two thumbs up for his article The second article by Anne-Marie Cusac is
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