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. According to Seth Forman, author of American Obsession: Race and Conflict in the Age of Obama, in addition to straight people thinking gay marriage would change the principle of marriage, people that support gay marriage agree it would alter traditional marriage too. It is claimed that gay marriage is thought of as somet... ... middle of paper ... ...NE. 8.6 (2013). Academic Search Complete.
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.
In addition, it is important to note that in the United States’ Congress is still making laws that forbid gay marriage. These laws deny a segment of the population (homosexuals) the same right same as the majority: to marry. It is high time the government did something to stop the discrimination of same-sex couples and abolish these laws. Both cases (Hawaii, 1993, and Massachusetts, 2004) had a legal response. In 1996 Bob Barr, a Republican, introduced a bill banning same-sex marriages.
America is a country known for its freedom, yet people are told who they can and cannot marry. According to Kim Richards a case in Hawaii in 1993 where judges said the state’s constitution required a good reason not to give gay’s equal marriage rights. Congress was pushed to pass the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prevented homosexuals who were allowed to marry from receiving the usual benefits of marriage, like taxes and retirement. In response states have made their stand on domestic partnerships and civil unions. DOMA was passed out of fear that a lawsuit filed in Hawaii would make them allow same sex marriage.
The main purpose of this paper is to discuss the history of the LGTB(Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Bisexual) movement in the USA, and the different positions that oppose that movement. Also, the current trends indicate a change is coming soon for this country on the issue. There are more gay supporters standing on the side of gay couples affirming that equality is necessary in America. Opponents just claim that gay relationships are uncommitted and shallow, and because of these facts they should not have the right to marry. As opposed to traditional marriage, gay marriage or same sex marriage could be defined as a lawful marriage between two persons of the same biological sex.
Same-sex marriage has been a widely argued topic for many years, causing tons of controversy across the globe. The two sides pertaining to this debate are legalizing same-sex marriage, or applying a constitutional ban. The largest point of disagreement is whether or not allowing same-sex marriage promotes equality, and not allowing it promotes discrimination. As Americans, we value equality, liberty, and tolerance. Merriam-Webster defines equality as the “quality or state of having the same rights, social status, etc.” This value is one that is societal, meaning it is followed relating to society.
The fight for same-sex couples to marry legally has been an ongoing debate for many years now. The two loudest voices in this battle seem to come from the gay community and the religious community. Homosexuals are of course fighting for gay marriage to be legal while the Christian based faith attempts to keep it illegal. Some people view same-sex marriage as immoral and a sin, however this ban on marriage violates the inalienable rights each individual should have, discriminates a minority, as well as infringes the true sanctity of marriage that has been established over time. The Oscar-winning Disney cartoon, Frozen, has been assumed to be pro-gay propaganda according to a Christian radio show in Colorado hosted by Pastor Kevin Swanson of the Reformation Church.
This was over the vigorous dissent of conservative justices, who said that the Constitution commits such questions of marriage and morality to the states and the democratic process, and that therefore federal courts have no power to impose their own moral judgments. Despite this realization, homosexual couples have been restricted for decades. The “Defense of Marriage Act” was signed into effect in 1996. This act “amends the Federal judicial code to provide that no state, territory, or possession of the United States or Indian tribe shall be required to give effect to any marriage between persons of the same sex under the laws of any other such jurisdiction or to any right or claim arising from such relationship.” This act also sets into play a federal definition of “marriage” and “spouse”; marriage being defined as “only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife” and spouse being defined as “only a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or wife”. Secondly, denying two people the... ... middle of paper ... ...er.
As granted by the United States Constitution, everyone is entitled to equal rights. The Supreme Court of the United States recently ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. Gay rights are forgotten many times and equal rights for same-sex marriage are often ignored. For this reason, federal authorities have left policymaking regarding this topic up to individual state governments. Many people throughout the United States, and across the world, have extremely different views on the subject; some because of religious reasons, others because of family, others because of how they were raised.
With so many differing opinions, one can understand why it's been so hard for the nation to come to agree on this issue. In an article titled "Witch Hunt in the Golden State", David N. Bass sheds light on on his opinion that same-sex marriage activists are using nonsensical methods of defending their case. According to the article, the US 9th Circuit of Appeals received a request from two homosexual couples that would force the campaigners againt gay marriage to make their private communications during the campaign available to the public. This, an attorney for the two homosexual couples believes, would make it apparent that the campaign against same sex marriage used an unfair method of invoking fear that both traditional marriage and society as a whole would collapse if gay marriage were allowed. On the other hand, attorneys for the advocates of traditional marriage believe that being forced to give out their internal communications during the Proposition 8 campaign would be an infringement on the freedom of speech and the unwritten rules of politics.