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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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Pro Same Sex Marriages - Imagine not being able to marry the person you want to spend the rest of your life with because society doesn’t believe in who you are or who you choose to be with. Just think, of the scenario where you loved a person with all your heart, all your mind, all your soul, but society doesn’t believe that who you love, is “right”. Gay rights should be legalized for numerous reasons but the three most debated over is it will decrease the amount suicide rates of gay teens, its biological, and everyone should be treated equally no matter who they like and who they want to love. To being with, gay rights should be legalized because it will decrease the amount of suicide rates of gay teens and even a...   [tags: legal issues, same sex marriages]
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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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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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Pros and Cons of a Teenage Same-sex Relationship - Although same-sex teenage relationships were looked down on before and were not common, today many teens are in a same-sex relationship. This is critical to developing sexual and social identities. In this paper, readers will learn the ups and downs of teenagers in a world of relationships and sexuality. Growing up in a home with parents of the same sex is viewed in negative ways to a lot of people, but studies show that a child is well adjusted to being raised under a roof with parents of the same sex just as well as a child with a male and female parent under the same roof....   [tags: legal issues, same sex]
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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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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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Same-sex Rights Should Be a Federal Matter - ... Nor can they grow as  a family because the adoption of children is also illegal to same-sex couples. It is ironic how one of the most important clauses on the constitution is being ignored. It is definitely unconstitutional what is happening to the homosexual community, and the Federal  government should take this matter to its acquaintance and make sure the very mainstay of our nation is not being violated. Pursuing economic freedom is a goal pursued by many Americans. This is one of the reasons why individuals marry....   [tags: same-sex couples, equality] 808 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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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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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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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 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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The Evolution of The Same-Sex Family - The American family is constantly undergoing changes. In the early 1600s, the Godly Family was the prevalent family structure of the first Europeans who immigrated to the United States (Aulette, 2010). Until 1780, families were strictly patriarchal with a male head of the family, who supervised “all social activities, including education, health care, and welfare”, and insured the family’s self-sufficiency within its community (Aulette, 2010). Following this form, the Modern Family and its sub-categories, the Democratic Family and the Companionate Family, were the dominant family structures until the 1970s (Aulette, 2010)....   [tags: social issues, lesbians, gays]
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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 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 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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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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Same Sex Parenting and Adoption - Adoption for same sex couples is a very controversial topic in Family Law, and often same sex couples face many unique issues if they wish to adopt. Many states have different laws that apply for gay and lesbian adoption, as opposed to heterosexual couples. Several states also have special rules that apply when a child is born into a gay or lesbian partnership. Gay and lesbian couples may sometimes opt to bring a child into their lives through conception and birth as well. For a lesbian couple, this is usually done through a male donor or a sperm bank and having one of the couple become pregnant....   [tags: adoption, homosexuality, family law] 1916 words
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Same Sex Parenting and Children - There are critics who feel that the stigma in our society toward gays being accepted is a conflict of issues. This form of relation may affect the welfare of a child’s upbringing. The prospect of a nontraditional upbringing in a same-sex partnership, or marriage ought to be a problem when raising children. Some feel that there is no real negative influence that this form of parenting has on a child. Politics has raised concern, but there is a limited amount of research in this area to corroborate this concern....   [tags: Homosexuality, argumentative, persuasive]
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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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Are Same Sex Marriages Right? - ... A big aspect of marriage is the religion of the couple; it must be approved by the authority of their religion. Not all religions require approval for marriage. Religions have the power to not marry people if they’re eligible or ineligible by the state. The debate about same sex marriage is because the same sex couple won’t be able to have kids of their own. The pro and cons about marriage is that every person, at some point, of their adult hood is looking for happiness, love, and someone who cares for them in return....   [tags: government benefits, god, chrisitan] 526 words
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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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Same-Sex Parents and Their Children - Same-sex parents and their children Nowadays, the question of gay marriage is one of the most heated and controversial. Over the years, same-sex couples are fighting for the legal recognition for their marriages and their right as parents. Parenthood is one of the most valuable experiences in a human life. After finding a partner, it is natural for people to want to raise children. Homosexual parent are the same in ability and commitment to raised healthy children. It would be a big step for improvement in our society to provide necessary support and rights for same-sex couples and their children....   [tags: Homosexuality, argumentative, persuasive]
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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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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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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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Recognition of Same-sex Marriages - Recognition of same-sex relationships Same-sex relationships have always been a controversial legal issue, and there has been a variety of legal and non-legal responses, coming from a range of different viewpoints regarding the issue. In recent years, there has been many law reforms recognising same sex relationships, which include changes to Medicare, tax, social security, superannuation, worker’s compensation, child support, and allowing people in same-sex relationships to adopt children. These legal reforms come about as a result of extensive lobbying by non-government groups and organisations designed to promote the recognition of same-sex relationships in Australia....   [tags: Homosexualism, Australia]
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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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Adoption by Same-Sex Couples - Adoption by Same-Sex Couples 19th Annual Robyn Rafferty Mathias Conference I. Introduction In recent years, there has been an increase in same-sex couples applying to adopt children at both infancy and from the foster care system. Although society’s perception of a family normally consists of a mother and father, the times are changing. According to the United States 2000 Census, this societal perception of a normal family, referred to as the “nuclear family”, only represents less than 24%, of households in the U.S....   [tags: Homosexuality, argumentative, persuasive, gay righ] 2056 words
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Studies on Same-Sex Parenting - ... Though the legalization of gay marriage has been approved in certain states, same sex couples don’t have the same rights as traditional marriage. Civil union right support same sex marriage with benefits such as legal protections relating to wills and property, probate, adoption, spousal abuse, access to state employee group insurance, workers compensation benefits, family leave benefits and power of attorney. Studies on same sex parenting have been analyzed to prove that kids, adopted or biological, show no differences than kids with the marriage of a man and wife, they live their lives just the same as any other kid....   [tags: gay marriage, legalization] 568 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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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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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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Effects of Same-sex Parenting - ... Same-sex couples can become parents through means of former relationships, co-parenting, surrogacy, adoption, and donor insemination, although major legal discrimination continues to challenge this process for families. The difficulty faced by many of these couples to have children oftentimes results in even more nurturing environments. This variance in route to parenthood can make same-sex couples that are having children more motivated to be doing so. “Planned families reflect the desire of sexual minorities to have children outside of heteronormative circumstances” (Moore 2013:495)....   [tags: relationships, children, gay] 657 words
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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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Legalization of Same-Sex Marriages - ... The data that she collected during her home visits, interviews, and questionnaires resulted in the conclusion that children raised in the environment of same sex parents had enough contact with adults of both genders both outside and inside their families to compensate for the lack of gender missing from their parents. Furthermore, children’s self-concept, playmates, and activities were very much similar to those of children their age (Patterson, 1996). In parent child relationships, it is important to understand that a biological link is not essential....   [tags: gay rights] 2268 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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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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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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Thoughts on Same-sex Marriages - As a predominately conservative nation, it is ideal that we as a group do not redefine the term marriage under the Constitution of the United States. It is not a question of equality, simply because men and woman will never be equivalent—both parties have different complex qualities from their hormones, genitals, brain functioning, and to their overall genetic make-up. Homosexuality holds about 5% of the population, meaning that the majority would be forced to conform to the minority. It is imperative that we recognize the consequences of gay marriage which include: health risks, redefining sexual morality, reduction of the population, many being affected spiritually, and forcing the governm...   [tags: orientation, homosexuality, conservative]
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Same-Sex Teenage Relationships - Same-sex teenage relationships were not well perceived by many people not too long ago, but many teens today are in that kind of relationship seems that teens are exploring their sexuality. One in ten teens has a same-sex relationship. (Reuters Health) These teens experience the bullying, bashing, and slurs of being in a same-sex relationship, because of their sexuality. Gay bashing and gay bullying is verbal or physical abuse against a person who is perceived by the aggressive to be gay, lesbian, or bisexual, including persons who are actually heterosexual or of non-specific or unknown sexual orientation....   [tags: bullying, gay, stereotype]
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Same Sex Marriage - Same-sex marriage should not be illegal in the the United States for several reasons. Firstly, the United States was founded on principles of freedom, and equality. Laws prohibiting same-sex marriage discriminate against same-sex couples, as they deny them the many benefits that accompany legal marriage. Secondly, there are no valid, rational arguments against same-sex marriage from a legal point of view, therefore its illegality is baseless. Thirdly, the legalization of same-sex marriage would likely actually be beneficial in many of the circumstances in which it is claimed to be harmful, such as adoption and fidelity....   [tags: gender equality, LBGT rights]
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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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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 - 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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