Defense of Marriage Act

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The LGBT communities have been and continue to struggle with equal rights with their straight counterparts. Many people will argue the notion that they support the LGBT community and feel they should have equal rights as heterosexual individuals; however how many of them will agree that LGBT communities should have the right to marry, adopt, etc. The minute the issue of marriage is brought up, many people will argue that marriage is a union between man and woman. Same sex marriage or marriage among the LGBT community is an issue dating back to the 1970’s. Some people will argue for same sex marriage/marriage among the LGBT community, stating marriage should be a union between two people no matter what their sexual preference is. Others will argue same sex marriage/marriage among LGBT is ethically and morally wrong. In this paper, you will read about the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the current analysis and advocacy of the Act. You will learn about the objectives of the policy as well as other tactics and pros and cons of this legislation. You will know who this legislation was aimed for and meet those who are for and those who are against the legislation. Finally, you will learn about the tactics I would have taken regarding this legislation. The Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 (DOMA), which was passed by former President Bill Clinton defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman (Finnis, 1997). In this act, no states would be required to honor same sex marriages performed in other states (Finnins, 1997). The DOMA stated, “no state is required to give effect to any public act, record, or judicial proceeding of another such organization with respect to a relationship between persons of the same sex that ... ... middle of paper ... ...other no matter what their sexual identity is. I am in support of lobbying, rallying, and continuous group meetings to address this sensitive issue. References 1. Finnis, John, “The Good of Marriage and the Morality of Sexual Relationsions: Some Philisophical and Historical Observations”, American Journal of Jurisprudence (1997). 2. Kranz, R & Cusick, T. “Library in a Book; Gay Rights”, New York , NY (2000). 3. Schowengerdt, Dale M., “Defending Marriage: A Litigation Strategy to Oppose Same Sex Marriage”, Regent University Law Review, (2002). 4. Stewart, C. “Gay and Lesbian Issues”. Santa Barbara, CA (2003). 5. Stewart, Monte Neil, “Judicial Redefinition of Marriage”, Canadian Journal of Family Law, (2004). 6. ACLU Seeks Reinstatement of Lesbian Major Dismissed from Air Force: www.aclu-wa.org 7. Marriage Equality NOW: www.marriageequality.org
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