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Homework Help: Discussing arguments in a paper

Posted by green_heart on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 11:23am.


I'm currently writing my first academic paper. My subject is Proposition 8. In one chapter, I intend to compare the arguments put forward by proponents and opponents, and I wonder how I should present them. Should I divide each side's arguments in two distinct paragraphs? Or is it better to present each argument separately and present each side's views on that argument?

Here is a trial for the 2nd option:

1) Proponents think marriage should remain a heterosexual-only institution. Opponents think everyone should be treated equally.

2) Proponents argued that the CA Supreme Court hadn't respected the will of the people. Opponents thought that amending constitutions should be avoided.

3) Proponents said domestic partnerships already guaranteed gay couples the same rights as marriage would do. Opponents said that only marriage could provide the greatest security to couples.

4) Proponents were concerned about gay marriage's potential impact on children's education. Opponents argued that Prop. 8 had nothing to do with education.

Not sure at all, maybe the 1st option would be better? Please, tell me what you think about it, I'm really open to all suggestions.

Thanks a lot!

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