The Bedford Reader. 11th ed. Boston: Bedford, 2012.Print. Pollitt, Katha. “What’s wrong with Gay Marriage?” Kennedy, Kennedy, and Aaron 570-572.
Abcnews.go.com. Retrieved March 25, 2011 Nationformarriage.org. Social organization, 2011. Web. 25th March 2011 Savage, Charlie., and Stolberg Sheryl G. “In Shift, U.S. Says Marriage Act Blocks Gay Rights.” New York Times.
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.
Nevertheless, marriage is still banned in more than half of the United States of America. Why is gay marriage prohibited in most of the U.S.A.? In spite of elected officials not legalizing same sex marriage, Human Rights Campaign (HRC) mentions that gay and lesbian couples want the same rights as married couples and more than half or majority of Americans feel that they should have a legal agreement that gives them those rights. (History of State Constitutional Marriage Bans, 2011-2013). Many elected officials are against same sex marriage whereas the president of the United States, Mr. Barack Obama, is the first U.S. president to support same sex marriage.
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. The policy of gay marriage and equal rights is an extremely touchy subject, and is much deeper than what it may seem. Ohio is one of the thirty-five states that do not recognize gay marriage to be legal, therefore granting no marriage benefits to such couples (ProCon.org, 2013). “Ohio limits marriage to "one man and one woman" by statute,” (Equality Ohio, n.d.). Males must be at least 18 years of age, while females must be at least 16 years of age to each be of free from gaining consent from their legal guardians (LaWriter, 2004).
Same-Sex marriage is now legal in 17 states either by the court decision, the state legislature, or the popular vote (17 Legal). Although public attitudes toward same-sex marriage and homosexuality in general have become more accepting in the recent years, a sizeable segment of the U.S. population still views limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples as both a good public policy and morally right (Gay Marriage). The act of same-sex marriage has been banned in 33 states either by Constitutional Amendment and State laws (17 Legal). Although, same-sex marriages are still being rejected by more than half of the United States, the gay community still expresses optimism on obtaining freedom and equality on marriage. The gay community has been fighting a constant battle for their gay rights and marriage equality.
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.
On June 26, 2015, the US Supreme Court ruled that the US Constitution guarantees the right for same-sex couples to marry. Many conservative groups do NOT agree with this decision. The gay marriage debate has been simmering for as long as I can remember. The four articles I have selected give information from four different perspectives including that of liberals, conservatives, homosexuals, and orthodox Jews. With so many differing opinions, one can understand why it's been so hard for the nation to come to agree on this issue.
Web 20 April 2011. Fleischer, Matthew : “California Supreme Court Set to Consider Gay Marriage”. La Weekly Magazine , 27 Feb.2008. Web 20 April 2011. Squires in Fatima, Nick.