Sexual orientation and gender identity
Sexual orientation and gender identity

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Sexual orientation and gender identity

Activity 6: Assessing different viewpoints

You should allow yourself 40 minutes to complete this activity.

This activity relates to the entry ‘2014 (Legal) Same-sex marriage’ that appears in the timeline in Section 2.1.

Read the six different viewpoints expressed in ‘Viewpoints: Gay marriage [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] ’ (BBC News, 2013a) published before the Bill to introduce gay marriage became law.

With which viewpoint do you agree most strongly? Why?

Which speaker do you think has presented the most evidence to back up their position? (Note you need not necessarily agree with the viewpoint of the person you consider has provided most evidence.) Which viewpoint do you find least persuasive? Why do you find this viewpoint unpersuasive?

Explain your views in the text box below.

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Discussion

This exercise involved assessing the merits of a number of very briefly expressed viewpoints. The skills of assessing how an argument is advanced can be applied to short opinion pieces, just as they can be to lengthier explanations.

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