City Colleges Of Chicago. 12 Oct. 2013 Dinno, Alexis, and Chelsea Whitney. "Same Sex Marriage And The Perceived Assault On Opposite Sex Marriage." Plos ONE 8.6 (2013): 1-8. Academic Search Premier.
“Opponents maintain that legalizing gay marriages would only strengthen the gay civil rights agenda, which is immoral and dangerous” (Lewis and Edelson 2000, 200). Furthermore, opponents of same-sex marriage state that legalizing gay marriages is an insult to the sanctity of traditional marriage. In a policy such as same-sex marriage, which is driven by salience and a lack of complexity, the public has a strong influence over governmental decisions. When the public does not support gay marriage, the politicians of those states follow suit. The impact of public support on same-sex marriage reaches the federal level as well, with the introduction of the Defense of Marriage Act, 1996.
The Argument on the Legalization of Same Sex Marriages The argument over the legalization of same sex marriages is rapidly becoming one of the most vigorously advocated reform subjects in recent law review. Being gay and loving someone is not illegal, but uniting that couple in a legal marriage is rejected by most of society in this country. Each state has had to deal with legal issues concerning same sex marriages to some extent. Most supporters of the ban on gay marriages believe that it would be a strong cause of immorality and corruption of the American family. People who do not support same sex marriages believe that it would create an unhealthy family, and could cause serious harm to children in that family, while supporters of same sex marriages believe that they are being denied the benefits such as establishing a right of survivorship, co-partner medical and retirement benefits.
Courts cases that focus on whether or not same sex marriages should be legal are common in the modern era but these cases began in the latter half of the twentieth century. The beginnings of these cases began in 1971 with Jack Baker and Mike McConell who attempted to reach legal marriage status but were met with denial (Crehan and Rickenbacker, n.pag. ); however, many cases have followed in the fight for marriage equality. They were the first homosexual couple that attempted to get married and they believed it would be granted since there was no legal justification stating that their marriage request was against the law. In December of 1990, three couples fought for legal marital status by sending appli... ... middle of paper ... ...ic Search Complete.
Same sex couples are not only denied their civil rights, but also their legal and economic benefits. No state should prohibit a person to show their love to another person because of gender because; it does not uphold the fundamental principles of the constitution. In the United States, over 17 states have legalized same sex marriage. In addition, around 16 countries have been able to legalize gay marriages too. This was an incredible breakthrough since same sex marriages had increased over the years.
Homosexual marriage should be legal because marriage is a symbol of love and passion for one another, the homosexual family life is just as good as heterosexual family life, and prohibiting gay marriage is unconstitutional discrimination. Homosexuality occurs in over four hundred and fifty species, but homophobia (irrational fear or dislike against homosexuality) only occurs in one. (Gay Marriage Research Paper) We live in the “land of the free,” but we still have laws that ban marriage of homosexual couples. They need rights to get marries without outing labels on it like “civil union,” or “gay marriage.” (Gay Pursuasive Essay) Over thirty-eight percent of the United States population has the freedom to marry, or honors out of state marriages of homosexual couples, also over forty-three percent of the United States population lives in a state that provides some form of protection for homosexual couples. There are seventeen states (not including Washington D.C.) in the Unites States that have the freedom to marry the same sex.