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Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage - Everyone is aware of marriage. We have heard about it, gone to one, or even been in one. The idea of marriage is something that is bestowed upon us and something that we look forward to ever since we were children, but what about those who what to get married to the same sex. How is that possible. As you know, everything changes at some point or another, this includes marriage. That is why same-sex marriage should be legalized. It has come to a point where the idea or a “normal” marriage has to change in order to fit in with a constantly changing society....   [tags: Marriage History, Same Sex Marriage]
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Fighting for Same Sex Marriage - There was a pounding feeling in her head as she was carried out of the car. A tickling sensation in her forehead from the blood rushing down her face; it was a small injury that the paramedics easily cleaned up. She heard the cops say the man in the other vehicle was heavily intoxicated and has walked away unharmed. She looks around, but she cannot find who she is looking for. She knows she was not alone in that car and she stands up trying to find her wife. There are people urging her to sit back down unfamiliar with the internal injuries she might have, but as she witnesses a limp body being pulled out of the car she rushes towards it....   [tags: LGBT, Same Sex Marriage, Economy]
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Same-sex Marriage Opponents - ... Thompson requested a court ruling allowing her protection over her wife, but Ms. Kowalski’s parents disregarded the request and acquired exclusive responsibility. They moved Ms. Kowalski to a treatment home 300 miles from Ms. Thompson and prohibited all meetings between the couple. This is a clear example of one of the major obstacles facing the LGBT community of America today. Members of the LGBT community fear the chance of having a loved one in the emergency room and not being able to see them because they are not legally acknowledged as family....   [tags: legalizing same-sex marriage, opponents] 1178 words
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The History of and Issues surrounding the Same-Sex Marriage Debate - Same-sex marriage is one of the leading political topics in the United States today. There is an ongoing dispute pertaining to the legalization of same-sex marriages. America has shifted its head to focusing on supporting same-sex marriage or not. Many are for and against this topic but there has been no settlement for it yet. Homosexuals want to marry for the same reason that heterosexuals have and there should be no reason why they are not allowed to. There is some history behind this topic but there has yet to be a solution....   [tags: Same-sex marriage, homosexuality, USA, ] 1898 words
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English Law’s Approach to Same Sex Marriage - Introduction The phenomenon of same sex marriages is relatively new but is gaining popularity day by day. The notion has already been welcomed and enacted as law in different jurisdictions. However it lacks proponents within the UK legal system which is reluctant to allow such relationships to be regulated into marriages. There are two topical situations faced by English law which need to be considered: the right of same sex people to marry and the right of the transsexuals to marry a person of the opposite sex post their gender reassignment....   [tags: Law Legal Same Sex Marriage]
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Should Marriage for Same Sex Couples be Legal in United States? - Marriage as generally define is the union between one man and one woman. However a recent debate over same-sex marriage has stirred a nationwide debate reverberating in the halls of Congress, at the White House, in dozens of state courtrooms and legislatures, and is also becoming a speech-making topic for election campaigns at both the national and state levels. As the debate for this controversial topic rages on, the American religious community view on the topic remains deeply divided over the matter and over the morality of homosexuality in general....   [tags: Same Sex Marriage, argumentative, persuasive]
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Same Sex Marriage is Wrong - I am opposed to the idea of same sex marriage. I have very strong religious beliefs which have shaped me into what I am today and that give me a majority of my reasons to opposing this matter. I haven't lived through many situations evolving same sex marriage but I have had many long conversations with many various types of people about this exact topic. I can honestly say that it is because of topics like this that make Gerald M. Nosich’s quote “the relation between emotion and critical thinking is a complicated one, without easy solutions” (Nosich 16) very relatable....   [tags: Gay Marriage]
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A Discussion of Same-Sex Marriage - The topic of same-sex marriage, or gay marriage, is extremely divisive in today's society. This paper will address some of the issues surrounding gay marriage. Many in favor of same-sex marriage suggest that gay couples should have the same marital benefits as heterosexual couples, which is simply a civil rights issue. In contrast, those against same-sex marriage see this concept as a moral matter, which violates traditional ethical standards. Since the beginning of time, most cultures have acknowledged marriage a unity between men and women....   [tags: controversial gay marriage]
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The Issue of Same-sex Marriage - ... The definition for same sex marriage it is stated as ‘a relationship like that of a traditional marriage’ what already implies that is wasn’t ‘normal’ before and the traditional marriage is an example to follow. It is a great thing to legalise marriage and for example in the United States of America this happened in 17 of the 50 states already. Also the 18th state already joined, Utah in December 2013, and more than 900 same-sex marriages took place in Utah immediately after allowing. But on January 6, 2014, “the United States Supreme Court stayed the ruling pending further appeals” (Wikipedia, 2014)....   [tags: gay marriage, ethical dilemma]
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Recognition of Same Sex Marriage - Oliver and Erik were born and raised in a small town in Denmark. Friends since grade school, Oliver and Erik did everything together and continued to remain extremely close throughout high school and college. Oliver and Erik decided to profess their love for each other and began a relationship. As their relationship progressed, Oliver and Erik wanted to take the next step. Denmark has allowed same-sex civil unions since the 1980s, but same-sex marriage was illegal; although couples engaged in same-sex civil unions received nearly all of the same benefits and obligations of opposite-sex marriages....   [tags: Marriage, Laws, Legality, Homosexuals]
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The Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage - For many years and in many countries same sex marriage was ignored not tolerated by many. It took a few years and after many debates Spain legalized same sex marriage on July 03, 2005. After many years under the governmental control of Gen. Francisco Franco and the Roman Catholic Church who so quickly put the ban on gay marriage. Once the Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero became the leader of the nations socialist party he immediately began the campaign for this world wide issue. Through research I will discuss my findings on the statistics on this issue, the pros and cons and of course how the community and the church reacted to this new law that equalizes same sex marriage....   [tags: spain, catholic church, gay marriage]
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Same Sex Marriage Should Be Legal - Same sex marriage is when a couple of the same sex undergoes a martial relationship with each other. This implies all legal rights and responsibilities just like a normal one. There are many arguments regarding human rights, morality, religion, equality, and many problems have emerged from these issues toward same sex marriage. I will explain the predicament of this ongoing subject and express my thoughts on how same sex marriage messes with many peoples ethics and morals with this difficult subject....   [tags: Gay Marriage]
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God Hates Same Sex Marriage - Marriage is a precious gift given from the good lord up above. Marriage is a privilege that should be allowed to only a man and a woman. In the bible there are many scriptures that back up my opinion on marriage, and none of the scriptures say same sex marriage is okay. In this modern day and age people are altering the definition of marriage. People are trying to add between a man and a man or between a woman and a woman. The importance of my topic is to keep the original definition of marriage which is, a union between a woman and a man where they become husband and wife....   [tags: Definition of Marriage]
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The Battle Over Same-Sex Marriage - Same-sex marriage has grown into to a national issue. In 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples had the right to marry which provoked a firestorm of debate. The discussion extends from private livings rooms and local watering holes; all the way to the floor of the U.S. Congress and the White House. The debate about same-sex marriage has become a hot button issue, which pits secular-progressives who support gay-rights against religious and social traditionalists fighting for the sanctity of marriage....   [tags: Gay Marriage]
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Overivew of the Same Sex Marriage Debate - Overivew of the Same Sex Marriage Debate In today's rapidly growing society, current social issues and family morals are constantly changing the dynamics and aspects of individuals. One constant issue that has been a topic of discussion in the last decade has been marriage of the same sex. There are many people who support this idea, as well as people are against the concept. Same-sex marriage has been an issue today. Some people argue that the Constitution of marriage is intended to bond one male and one female, that the definition of marriage makes the same-sex marriage improper because same sex marriage keeps children from learning proper roles....   [tags: Marriage Equality, Homosexuality]
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Same Sex Marriage and Politics in the U.S. - Recently, Same Sex Marriage has become a major issue in the United States. There are variations in opinions concerning the topic. The main concern is should same sex marriage be allowed or declared unconstitutional. Plenty of conservatives are completely against gay marriage and many of liberals are fighting for equal treatment. Many controversies and arguments have developed from this issue. There are many reasons why gay marriage should be legal or illegal. The people who oppose same sex marriage or also known as gay marriage are mostly conservatives....   [tags: homosexual Marriage, argumentative, persuasive] 793 words
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Same-Sex Marriage Should NOT be Legalized - Marriage. We celebrate it, sometimes mourn it, and even argue vehemently over it. Well, that is just what is happening today. No one can agree when it comes to the rights of marriage. Same-sex couples claim it is an unalienable right for them to marry. Opposite-sex couples get married on Friday and divorce on Monday. So what is the big issue. The hot topic these days seems to be the highly controversial issue of same-sex marriage. Should it be legalized. No. Same-sex marriage should not be legalized due to its harmful effects on societal order, the Constitution, and traditional religious values....   [tags: Anti Gay Marriage]
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Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage - All couples in a committed loving relationship should be legally allowed to marry. United States marriage concepts have been changing in conjunction with society’s evolving culture. Traditional concepts assigning marital duties based on gender no longer apply, strengthening the effectiveness of marriage in today’s world. Society is actively moving towards becoming a culture of contributing individuals who have equal rights regardless of race, color, sex, disability, religion, familial status and national origin....   [tags: exclusion, discrimination, opposite-sex]
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Same Sex Marriage - ... When the Governor of Illinois Pat Quinn sign the bill that passed same-sex marriage he gave a speech at the Chicago campus of the University of Illinois. Governor Quinn said that he wanted to help get every states legalized (McDermott). December 2nd, 2013 Hawaii legalizes marriage equality. The bill was signed on November 13th, 2013 When this law was passed six couples got married at the Honolulu hotel. One couple that has been together for thirty-five years and now they will have the same legal status and any other married couple in the United States....   [tags: gay marriage, gay couples, legalized] 837 words
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Same-Sex Marriage Should Be Legal - The United States was founded on a grand ideal of social freedom. The U.S. Constitution was put into place to protect the rights of the individual by creating a fair and just society. These values of liberty resound for most Americans as assurance that they will never wake up to find they have lost their voice to an all-powerful oligarchy. Americans like to believe they live in what they call “the land of the free.” Of course, we know from the history of the country, the definition of freedom is a controversial topic....   [tags: Gay Marriage, argumentative, persuasive]
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Same-Sex Marriage Should be Legal - Marriage is assumed by United States citizens to be a basic human right. When asked, a child will usually say that yes, they do plan to one day be happily married. As we grow older, we realize that it is not that simple; that there are many stigmas placed on “nontraditional” marriages. Throughout the history of the United States, minorities have had to battle for their right to marry whomever they choose. Interfaith, interracial, and same-sex couples have discovered the hard way that the same “natural” rights are not granted to all citizens....   [tags: Gay Marriage Essays]
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Same-Sex Marriage Should Be Legal - "The state cannot demean their existence or control their destiny by making their private sexual conduct a crime -Kennedy" (Dockterman). By denying homosexuals the right to come out and marry their partners won't make them or their "choice" change. People all around the world have their own opinions about gay rights, but people are people no matter their race, skin color, or gender and they should have the same rights as "normal" couples. Homosexual couples should be able to be together for three main reasons: they are being discriminated for being the way they are, more children would be adopted, and statistics have proven that divorce rates have declined when a state allows homosexuals...   [tags: homosexual rights, gay marriage]
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Equal Rights for Same-Sex Couples - Imagine being in love with someone, but never having the ability to make the relationship official. For many same-sex couples across the United States of America this is a reality. Even though great strides have been made in the advancement of gay rights, homosexual couples still face opposition from the Federal Government by being denied the right to a marriage. Same-sex marriages should be constitutionalized. While the Federal Government denies gay and lesbian couples the right to marry, there are some state governments which allow same-sex couples the right to domestic partnerships, civil unions, and marriages....   [tags: Same Sex Marriage Gay]
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America Needs Same-sex Marriage - On May 7, 2011, a young man named Tom Bridegroom fell to his death from a rooftop, leaving behind his devastated partner of six years, Shane Bitney Crone. Tom’s family had never accepted his relationship with Shane; in fact, members of Tom’s family attacked and threatened him when he told them he was gay. Because Shane and Tom could not legally marry, Shane was not entitled to any information regarding Tom’s death, memorial service, or burial arrangements (Crone). Tom’s family was able to move Tom’s body without notifying Shane, to keep Shane away from the memorial service, and to remove from Tom and Shane’s shared home any personal belongings that Tom’s family determined had belonged to Tom...   [tags: Homosexual Marriage]
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Same Sex Marriage - George Orwell once said, “We have to sink to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.” This quote can be applied to the current debate over the definition of marriage. On one side are those that seek to redefine marriage, those in favor of same-sex marriage, and those that believe in traditional marriage, one man and one woman. For those that seek same-sex marriage, it is any group of people who love each other. Proponents argue that legal marriage between gay partners would legitimize homosexuality as a socially acceptable lifestyle and grant partners legal advantages given to heterosexual spouses (Gray and Hanson 402)....   [tags: Traditional Marriage, Man Woman, LGBTQ, Society]
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Debate Over Same Sex Marriage - Gay marriage is an issue that has been debated for many decades now. It is one of the most controversial issues people can discuss and most typically, people have a very strong viewpoint on whether it should or should not be legal. Though each individual believes that their perspective on gay marriage is the “right” point of view, there are strong arguments for both opinions. Those who believe it should be legal typically take the “all love is equal” standpoint where those who believe it should not be legal tend to sway towards the “gay marriage is unnatural” standpoint....   [tags: gay marriage, gay rights, homosexuals] 1317 words
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Same-Sex Marriage Issues & Controversies - The NAACP has named gay marriage “one of the key struggles of our time”. According to the website “ProCon.org” as of January 6th 2014, 17 states have taken the plunge and legalized same-sex marriage. Marriage is “one of the basic civil rights of man”. Yet, we are still waiting on 66% of our nation to do the right thing and legalize gay marriage. The ban on gay marriage has deprived gay, lesbian, and bisexuals of many benefits that come with being married. Also, it has been proved that banning gay marriage created an increase in psychological disorders, as well it shows legalizing same-sex marriage can bring economic benefits to the states and lastly legalizing gay marriage makes it easier fo...   [tags: gay marriage, gay rights, gay couples]
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The Legalization of Same Sex Marriage - ... This is a large step closer to having same-sex marriage legalized in the United States, for the fact that twenty three point nine percent of America is Catholic. (PewResearch) Despite the small percentage of Jewish people in the United States, with it being one point seven percent, it is still a flourishing religion that would help the legalization of same-sex marriage. Jewish people have similar views as Catholics when it comes to same-sex marriage. The Rabbis do not allow them to get married in temple, but still support them outside of the temple....   [tags: gay rights in the United States] 1610 words
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The Benefits of Same Sex Marriage - ... If people are afraid of traditional marriages being threatened, then they should start protesting divorce instead of denying people the right to marry someone they love. Believe it or not, there are ways in which same-sex marriage can actually benefit children. For instance, seeing a gay couple may teach a child that it’s completely natural to be attracted to the same-sex. Children are susceptible to the actions and reactions of those around them. They are not born hating anyone type of person, they are taught to discriminate....   [tags: children, tolerance, rights] 719 words
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The Ban on Same Sex Marriage - ... The drugs above both are addictive and can lead to death, but are perfectly legal. Same sex marriage is not even harmful to the couple, let alone the public. Guns have now become legal, which can be used for killing. Steroids are only illegal when used in sports, but anyone can use steroids for personal use legally. Steroids alter your body in horrific ways, giving you unnecessary muscle mass, thus making it hard for your body to pump the blood necessary to survive. Also, consumption of too many steroids will lead to heart attacks....   [tags: homosexuals, resistance to change] 1046 words
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The Right to Same Sex Marriage - ... Any devaluation would stem from bigotry on the part of heterosexuals, that is, their unduly judging gay marriages as less than, merely because they are gay. Regardless, even if gays are given marriage rights, heterosexuals will still be able to marry as they always have.”(Held, 2007) Individuals that are against the protection under the right to privacy of gay marriage will argue that a child needs a mother and a father figure while growing up. However, a child doesn’t always need both a mother and father figure....   [tags: highly controversial topics in the US]
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The Legalization of Same Sex Marriage - There is a war being fought over how to define the term "marriage". This argument is fierce due the fact that the definition of marriage is being challenged on the basis of it’s morality or, in other words, whether it is right or wrong. Many conservative organizations such as religious and other social conservative groups contend that the definition of marriage should remain as or return to being the formal union of one man and one woman or in other words, a heterosexual couple, via legal commitments and/or religious ceremonies citing religious and social reasons....   [tags: gay rights, moral values]
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The Right to Same Sex Marriage - Gay Rights Gay people are criticized in many ways by many people depending on where there live and where they come from. “But same sex marriage is a reality; it’s here to stay and it will eventually become the law of the land”, said Sue Hyde (Hyde). We have come a long way since the first state legalized same-sex marriage; however; we still have a long ways to go (SV; conj. adv. SV). The Gay Rights Movement has been growing a lot lately, but that doesn’t mean gay couples have equal rights. The Gay Rights Movement has been a big focus since the 1990s (The American Gay Rights Movement)....   [tags: gay rights, LGBT]
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An Argument for Same Sex Marriage - In a country where diversity is the key to success and freedom of speech and religion is seen as a motto, it is hard to believe that many Americans don’t follow what they preach. If America is the land of opportunity and diversity then why are so many same sex couples being shunned. If Americans support religious freedom, then the act of shunning same sex couples because their religious views don’t follow what most people believe should be put to an end. Based on this logic, society should accept these same sex couples instead of turning their backs on them in affairs dealing with adoption and marriage. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are...   [tags: religion, bias, adoption] 634 words
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The Issue on Same-Sex Marriage - ... Age-specific mortality was significantly higher for gay and bisexual men than all men aged 30-44. Life expectancy at age 20 for gay and bisexual men ranged from 34.0 years to 46.3 years for the 3% and 9% scenarios respectively. These were all lower than the 54.3 year life expectancy at age 20 for all men. The probability of living from age 20 to 65 years for gay and bisexual men ranged from 32% for the 3% scenario, to 59% for the 9% scenario. These figures were considerably lower than for all men where the probability of living from 20 to 65 was 78%.” (Hogg, Strathdee, Criab, O’ Shaughnessy, and Montaner)....   [tags: gay and bisexual rights]
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A Case for Same-Sex Marriage - Equal Rights for All What is marriage. Recently, people argue with respect to the definition of marriage. The definition of the word marriage is a topic that often comes up when discussing same-sex marriages. To get married is a very important event for almost everyone. Many people believe that getting married to the one whom he or she loves is natural. However, what do you think if you cannot get married to him or her because it is socially unacceptable. There are numerous opinions and standing views on same-sex marriage....   [tags: gay rights]
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The Evolution of Same-Sex Marriage - ... The three positions that I will be writing on in this paper are the positions of the freedom, religion, and the argument that interracial marriage was legalized. The right to marry is a vital aspect of the right to liberty, privacy, connotation, and individuality. This position is held by Americans all over the country that believe that marrying whoever you choose should be a fundamental right as an American citizen. Supporters believe that marriage is a key to the pursuit of happiness. They believe that the government’s current involvement in the fundamental issues about equality of political and civic standing is not necessarily a good thing....   [tags: LGBT Community, legalization, equality] 991 words
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Legalization of Same Sex Marriage - Debate over the legalization of same sex marriage has been a large debate in the US for a long time. The two biggest groups that partake in this opposition come from either the religious community or by gay and non religious individuals. Religion to date plays a big part and influences decisions to keep same sex marriage illegal. It has been shown in studies (Woodward) that there are many religious groups that have been actively involved in support of ballots such as Proposition 8 in California....   [tags: community, church, state, First Ammendment]
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Same-Sex Marriages Should NOT Be Allowed - Allowing same-sex marriages would change the basic definition of marriage. Marriage is an important commitment of a man and a woman who contribute to civilization. Therefore, the loss of contributions due to someone’s sexual orientation should not be rewarded with a privilege such as marriage. Same-sex marriages affect many factors such as children, the concept of marriage, and humanity. However, it is not a misdemeanor to love somebody of the same gender but it can rigorously damage many aspects of life....   [tags: Legal Issues, Same Sex-Marriage] 707 words
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Discussion of Same Sex Marriage - Marriage is not about religion because atheists marry; it is not about procreation because the infertile marry; and it is not about finance for it can weave poverty. What it is about is love. For centuries, the battle for gay rights has waged, and will continue to do so until the rights are granted to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people to help secure equality for all. “…LGBT people must lead this effort, as so many of [them] are. Their knowledge and experiences are invaluable and their courage inspirational” (Clinton 4)....   [tags: gay rights, love, lgbt community]
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In Pro of Same-Sex Marriage - Homosexual couples have had to endure much due to them not only being a minority, but also being declared illegal. I believe that homosexual marriage should be legal in Georgia. To delve into an issue as divisive as this, understanding why it is illegal in the first place is in order. In 1996 the United States Congress passed DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, into law. This law was made in order to define what marriage means when writing laws. The Defense of Marriage Act states “… The word “marriage” means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word “spouse” refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife” (1 USC 7)....   [tags: gay rights]
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Same Sex Marriage in America - The debate over same-sex marriage rights has risen to drastic heights over the past twenty years. Many people are for at least some form of equality or equal rights, but some groups are still against it. This ongoing debate has caused division among our nation. Between the Argument Politics in America greatly divide the nation. According to politics, you either vote liberally or conservatively. They say that “how you vote is who you are” (Christian Century). In today’s society however, political issues have become much more complex than any two sided argument could dream of becoming....   [tags: homosexuality, legalization, equality, religion]
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Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage - It has been a long time since the argument of “If same-sex marriage should be legalized” appeared. Same-sex marriage refers to the right of two partners who are of the same sex to enter legally into the civil institution of marriage. To date, there are fifteen countries around the world that have passed the law of same-sex marriage, including Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Norway, Sweden, etc. Also, various forms of same-sex civil unions were recognized worldwide. To decide whether same-sex marriage should be legalized or not, the natural definition of marriage, children, and health issues are several factors to take into consideration....   [tags: homosexuality, rights, equality, religious beliefs]
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Same Sex Marriage Debate - The gay marriage debate is complex, to say the least. Bitter, emotional, and controversial are just a few words that can be used to describe it. In 2004, Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same sex marriage; since then twelve states have approved gay marriage (Shapiro). Even though some states have decided to legalize same sex marriage others are standing firm on constitutional amendments that ban it. Deciding whether or not gay couples should be allowed to marry is drawing passion from both sides of the issue....   [tags: amendments, right, opinion, equality] 778 words
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Legalizing Same Sex Marriage - American society encounters many different forms of discrimination on a daily basis. There is age discrimination in which an underage minor will not be able to purchase alcoholic beverages or tobacco products. There is also racial discrimination where a black youth is denied a job in a labor union even though that is illegal. Then also another form is gender discrimination which a woman is paid less than that of a man for the same job. Yet a particularly unfair form is sexual discrimination which a same sex couple is not able to be married like a heterosexual couple....   [tags: discrimination, gay rights]
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Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage - The legalization of same-sex marriage has been a trending topic in the last few years that has caused much debate throughout the United States. Many couples are able to express their love and commitment to stay together for the rest of their lives through the celebration of marriage, but that is not the case for same-sex couples. In one’s belief, it should not be legalized because the meaning of marriage would be compromised , the children would not be able to develop properly because they will be lacking in the learnings they must receive from both gender and last men and women were made to procreate and that would affect the continuation of our American society that we have worked hard to...   [tags: homosexuality, equality, legal union]
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Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage - ... At the federal level, heterosexual married couples are entitled to over 1,000 financial breaks (Ehrenfeld). When filing federal taxes, they are able to file jointly and receive tax benefits. In addition they are able to receive compensation from Social Security upon injury or death of a spouse (Ehrenfeld). A lot of money is on the line. If same-sex unions or marriage are recognized in a state, same-sex couples are eligible for state benefits but not federal (Ehrenfled). This, in effect, saves the federal government a lot of money....   [tags: gay rights disputes] 1435 words
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Legalizing Same Sex Marriage - In 1996, then Senate hopeful Barack Obama wrote “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages” (Weinger). The timing of the statement could be directly related to then President Bill Clinton signing into law DOMA, or the Defense Against Marriage Act, initiated by Congress in a bold move that “prevented the federal government from recognizing any marriages between gay or lesbian couples for the purpose of federal laws or programs, even if those couples are considered legally married by their home state” (GLAAD)....   [tags: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, LGBT]
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Believer in Same-Sex Marriage - Same-sex marriage is a marriage between two people of the same gender. Being born into a more liberal generation, I was taught that anyone should be entitled to be with whom they want to. It is only obvious that I am strongly in favor of same-sex marriages to be legal. I am a strong believer for equality and people’s rights. Gay couples should have access to the same benefits that heterosexual couples do and prohibiting gay marriage is unconstitutional discrimination. Same-sex couples should be allowed to publicly celebrate their commitment in the same way heterosexual couples do....   [tags: gay, discriminiation, relationships] 558 words
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Same-Sex Marriage and Politics - The issue regarding the legalization of same-sex marriages has become a major political issue. Some see homosexuality as sinful and disgusting, while other knows that it is just another way of living. When it comes down to it, our society is just making it illegal for people that live their lives differently from the majority of us. It is inequitable for our government to decide on whether or not homosexuals can be married. Everyone should be able to receive the same benefits and acceptance regardless of their sexuality so granting legal marriage rights under the law must extent to gays and lesbians to ensure that all citizens enjoy full human rights....   [tags: Equal Rights, argumentative, persuasive] 403 words
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Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage - ... First of all, yes, gay marriage does always deny a child either a father or a mother figure which is harmful to the child in many circumstances, such as when an orphan is raised by a foster parent, or when a child is raised by a single parent. According to The New York Times, children who grow up without a mother or mother figure in their lives can suffer long-term damage to his or her self-esteem, ability to relate to other people, overall feelings of security and ability to trust others. On the other hand, children who grow up without a father are sixty-three percent more likely to commit suicide [fathersunite.org]....   [tags: gay rights, homosexuality] 1041 words
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Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage - ... According to Canon Law, homosexuality in all form and manner is a sin punishable by death. In hindsight, it’s almost poetic - the Spanish represent a tragic hero: they implement their ideal form of justice based upon a false belief, much like Reverend Hale from the Crucible. Enough with the Spanish, returning to the Americas - modern America; the first known homosexual political organization in the U. S. was the Mattachine Society. This was an underground emancipation movement started by Harry Hay, a young musicologist....   [tags: homosexual rights] 731 words
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Same Sex Marriage - Then the lord god created man from the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:& New Translated Version). Then the lord God said “It is not good for me to be alone, I will make him a helper who will be good for him (Gene: 2:18). So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep, he then took out one of the man’s ribs and made a woman. (Gene: 2:24). This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, united as one (Genesis: 2:24). God blessed them and said “be fruitful and multiple.” These are the words of the bible....   [tags: morals, religion, marriage, Bible, beliefs] 965 words
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Same-Sex Marriage Must Remain Legal - Over the past five years same-sex marriage has become one of the most controversial issues in the United States, many social activist strive to aid homosexuals and their fight to legalize same-sex marriage. Marriage is a fundamental right not a privilege. Gay men and women should not be discriminated against based on their sexuality. Marriage is a sacred bond between two people that love each other no matter the sex, race, or religion. Everyday homosexuals are treated unfairly; most were born gay and cannot help their feelings....   [tags: Gay Marriage]
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The Same Sex Marriage Debate - The Same Sex Marriage Debate The controversial debate over whether same sex marriage should be legalized has gained a lot of attention in recent years and there are strong arguments for each side of the issue. There are many different factors that must be looked at when considering same-sex marriage. A marriage is not something that is just slapped on a piece of paper to show a couple's love; it involves legal, social, economic, and spiritual issues. Throughout this essay, I intend to focus on all of the issues just mentioned, and how all of these issues are interrelated in some way, shape or form....   [tags: Gay Marriage ]
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Same Sex Marriage - Same-sex marriage has continuously been contradicted throughout our nation and so the arguments never seem to cease. Some argue the legality of same-sex marriage while others suggest that it compromises the sacredness of marriage. Various religious groups and their supporters in the U.S. tend to either support same-sex marriage or greatly oppose it, depending on their viewpoints and beliefs. Thus, the constant, bitter arguments between these parties. These two groups constantly argue over the validity of same-sex marriage and never seem to come to an agreement....   [tags: Civil Right, Legal Relationship]
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Same Sex Marriage - Today’s society argues widely the correctness of same-sex marriage. Marriage for many people is believed to be a relationship between two people, preferably man and woman. The LGBT community battles for their right to marry without being denied by the government. The legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States has great importance for the future of marriage equality throughout the LBGT community. Same-sex marriage will not harm the function of society or other marriages in it, as well as being protected by the Constitution, and relieves lifelong discrimination....   [tags: homosexuals, legislation, equality] 1184 words
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Same Sex Marriage - Many years ago one may have thought that marriage was just between a man and a woman but today that is not always the case. People of this era have now begun to exploring a new aspect of marriage, same sex marriage. Should two people of the same sex be allowed to marry. Throughout the years same sex couples have been pursuing the same rights as heterosexual couples. Since the 1970s homosexual couples have been trying climb this social ladder and gain their civil rights. They have been seeking the government recognition as a domestic partnership since the 1980’s....   [tags: Homosexuality, argumentative, persuasive ]
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Same Sex Marriage - Same sex marriage is already taboo, but same sex couples raising children is mostly not considered acceptable by the public because of the misconception that they are not qualified to bring up children in accordance with proper social values. The public is not certain if children will receive proper education about society and behavior to fit in as responsible members. However, several recent movements, such as Feminism and Post-modernism, argue about equal rights for everybody. Feminism is mainly concerned about the equality of men and women in society while Post-modernism is mainly concerned with ending all forms of discrimination in society....   [tags: misconception, discrimination, post-modernism]
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Same Sex Marriage - I was about 7 years old when I was exposed to same sex couples. I had two really close friends in elementary school who has same sex parents, one of my friend’s name was Devin she had two dads and my other friend’s name was Tessa, she had two moms. When I would come over for playdates I always wondered why Devin didn’t have a mom and why Tessa didn’t have a dad, and thats when they told me their parents were homosexuals. At the age of 7 I didn’t understand what that meant until one day at school when Tessa was getting bullied because she had two moms and one of her moms came to father daughter day....   [tags: gay rights] 889 words
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Same Sex Marriage - The debate over same sex marriage rages on in America months after the Supreme Court’s landmark rulings last June (2013) in United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry, while the Court’s ruling in Windsor invalidated the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), in Hollingsworth v. Perry, marriage equality was restored in California on procedural grounds thus dismissing the lower-courts ruling, which overturned Proposition 8. On February 13, 2014, a federal judge in Virginia struck down that states ban on same sex marriage stating a Constitutional violation of equal protection....   [tags: America, Supreme Court, rulings]
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Same Sex Marriage - Same Sex Marriage. There are many different views and opinions on the relationship between a man and a woman vs. the relationship between a man and a man or a woman and a woman for that matter. Same-sex marriage is a big issue in the United States, many are against it however; many are for it. If you do your research, you can find many negative and positive reasons for which society thinks it should be legal or illegal. What people fail to realize, is that what matters in a marriage is love. Marriage is a commitment between two people that love each other and want to share the rest of their life with one another....   [tags: Homosexuality, argumentative, persuasive]
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