Gay marriage has been and remains a highly debated topic. Regarding the topic you find a world of different opinions and attitudes because the topic contains many ethical and moral aspects. Should homosexuals be allowed to get married in a church, or not? David Blankenhorn discusses the topic in his article “How My View on Gay Marriage Changed”. In this context, it would be ideal to examine the means David Blankenhorn uses to picture his opinions and views.
“How My View on Gay Marriage Changed” is written after David Blankenhorn’s partly change of attitude. Before the article he wrote a book called “The Future of Marriage” where he took a stand against gay marriage which is not the case in the article “How My View on Gay Marriage Changed”. The article was published in June 22, 2012 in the formal and approved newspaper The New York Times. Therefore the readers often are individuals who are interested in politics and the topic. Furthermore, the readers typical will be in an age range from 18 years old and upwards and partly educated. The purpose of this article is therefore to inform and illuminate the author's opinions and attitudes in order to find an alternative solution that both sides of the debate can accept.
In the article there is a clear composition. Introduction-midpoint-conclusion. In the in-troduction David Blankenhorn describes his old and new view on gay marriage. In the midpoint, he describes why his view on gay marriage changed, and in the end he con-cludes what his intentions are with the article. The well-ordered composition is, among other things, a part of his argumentation. He wants to appear like a person with authori-ty, control and order so that he appeals to ethos.
In the article, David Blankenhorn is also trying to argument for his attitudes. Generally, David Blankenhorn uses hidden argumentation which affects the reader by manipula-tion. He is generalizing by using words like society, citizens, population etc. and thereby...