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Gay rights as viewed by the utilitarianism theory

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John Stuart Mill once wrote, "I apprehend, the sole evidence it is possible to produce that anything is desirable, is that people actually desire it" (42). Every person has their own view of happiness, and according to Mill's theory of utilitarianism, the greatest good comes from that which makes the greatest number happy, a mass majority, so to speak. Utilitarianism says, in the Greatest Happiness Principle, that an action's goodness consists in its increasing the total quality of pleasure in the world, from now until the end of time, and its badness in its decreasing the total quality of pleasure in the world from now to the end of time. Therefore, the more an action increases the total quality of pleasure in the world, the better it is, and the more it decreases the total quantity of pleasure in the world, the worse it is. We live in a society where we believe in every person's right to be happy, to freedom of speech, religion and expression. To that end, should the laws of utilitarianism apply to our society, and to each and every individual?

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