Many citizens feel disgusted at the thought of it and there are just as many who fully support it. Amy B. Becker, educator at Towson University, states that “44 percent [of American citizens] support legalizing same-sex marriage, [and] 53 percent [of American citizens] oppose same-sex marriage in a May 2010 Gallup Poll.” The concerns on the subject increased after a 1993 Hawaiian Supreme Court case, which governed “that under that states constitution, a marriage statute which restricts the status and benefits of marriage to male-female couples discriminates on the basis of sex” (qtd in Dinno 1). Religion, opinions of citizens, and the lives of many gay and lesbian people are all factors in the controversial debate of whether or not same-sex marriage should be legalized. The citizens that are opposed to same-sex marriage argue that legalizing the marriage will overall change our culture. One reason to why some people think same-sex marriage is wrong is because it is claimed to not be a traditional marriage: between a man and a woman.
Discrimination Not allowing homosexuals to marry lets the public state that they don't have the same rights as us. This shows society that discriminating against homosexuals is alright, when in fact it's not. Not allowing homosexuals to marry is actually "unconstitutional under both the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses" (ProCon). Many organizations have been created in support of gay rights, but they are still receiving hate from many other organizations including big companies like Chick-fil-A. Think back to the Chick-fil-a incident in 2012, "Elected officials have urged Chick-fil-a to stay out of their cites, the Jim Henson company has severed ties, and gay rights groups are organizing national protests" (Shapiro).
This means that many of the same people who are even passionately in favor of homosexual rights oppose homosexuals on this one issue. This is because there is a lot of misunderstanding about what homosexuality really is, as well as the erroneous assumption that homosexual people enjoy the same civil rights protections as everyone else. For the reasons of ending social injustice, the economic and social benefits of allowing homosexuals to marry, and the constitution, homosexual marriages should be a legalized institution. Homosexuals are often treated unjustly socially. Homosexual people and couples are treated as inferior to that of heterosexuals.
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Gay Marriage in America Everyone believes they should have the same rights as everyone else. Unfortunately that’s far from the truth. Gay marriage has been a battling debate for an outstanding amount long time. Arguments against gay marriage have been that it is unmoral, it isn’t traditional, or the main one is that it’s against many religions. Homosexuals are at an unfair disadvantage, mainly because of their sexuality.
Homosexuality in America One of the most controversial topics in modern American society is the legalization of homosexual marriage. The gay community is currently experiencing emotional and physical violence against them based on a difference in cultural choices, similar to what the black community suffered through during the civil rights movement and what women underwent during the women’s suffrage era. Laws against gay marriage are unconstitutional, as most were created because of Christian politicians’ opinions on homosexuality; however, America is not a Christian nation, and homosexuals should not be banned from marriage based on the beliefs of certain religions. As a country founded on freedom of cultural expression, America should legalize gay marriage. Homosexuality has several standard arguments against it, and all can be shown to be unjustifiable or invalid.
Since the beginning of time, Homo sapiens have discriminated against people with differences such as color of skin, religion, politics, and more. Over the years, society has changed to accept these differences, yet Americans still ostracize the gay community as if they were less than human. Currently one specific controversy comes to mind in consideration of gays, and that is gay marriage. The controversies surrounding gay marriage include the legal, religious, and philosophical problems that allowing gay marriage could cause. The United States currently does not recognize gay partnerships as legal marriages, and therefore when gay partners file for a tax refund both partners must mark single for the type of relationship.
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Love Has No Gender Everyone wants happiness and to be loved by someone unconditionally. No matter the gender or race of the person, everyone just want to be loved. Many people are against men dating men or women dating women. There are those people who say religion is the reason they are against it. These people strongly believe that gay marriage is the world’s biggest sin.