Marriage Equality Same-sex marriages have progressively become more common in America, as the evolution of marriage continues. Gay couples now have a greater opportunity of being accepted for whom they are compared to years ago. The current situation on same-sex marriage is not the most ideal, however, America is expressing optimism (Richey W.). Federal judges are considering gay marriage bans unconstitutional, and more states have now legalized same-sex marriage (17 Legal). Same-Sex marriage is now legal in 17 states either by the court decision, the state legislature, or the popular vote (17 Legal).
However, due to the different sexual orientations of the two partners, problems often occur, causing emotional harm to"closet gays," their partners, and their children (Harbinger 683). If gay marriage were legal, homosexuality would be legitimate. Thus, the number of "closet gays" would decrease, as acceptance of their sexual orientation increases. In short, society would be spared a lot of trouble--the breakup of a family or dissatisfaction with one's life, especially of the homosexual partner, as she or he tries to comply with society's standards. Same-sex marriage is just in that it provides gay couples with the same rights as heterosexual couples.
Marriage is taking someone as one’s wife or husband. The revised definition is the formal union of a man and a woman. Homosexual couples that want to get married shows that they want a commitment to each other for a life time just like heterosexuals have legally, not an order of domestic partnerships The Human Rights Campaign Foundation states that many same-sex couples “want the right to legally marry [and] honor their relationship in the greatest way our society has to offer…”(Gay). Having homosexual marriages by law isn’t hurting anyone nor society. It is an ultimate expression of love and is a personal vow that’s really not anyone’s business.
Same sex marriage is a highly controversial topic that has been lingering in America for some time now. The American society prides itself in the provision of equal rights and opportunities to all, yet, homosexuals continue to be discriminated against and denied their rights to marriage. It is often believe that “marriage is a commitment between two people that love each other and want to share the rest of their life side by side. It is not measured by whether it is a man and a woman, or a couple of the same sex. It is measured by how much a couple loves each other and cares for each other.”(Cheney, 2009) Looking at that definition of marriage, there should never be any reason to deny two people that love each other the right to legally express it by marrying one another.
Many heterosexuals believe that it was only intended that a man and women get married and not women and women and vice versa. “Gay rights advocates are making significant gains in winning marriage rights for same-sex couples in the United States and around the world, even though the overwhelming majority of states and countries still limit marriage to opposite-sex couples” (Jost). Out of all fifty states about twelve and the District of Columbia have passed the same sex bill; since then a few more states have signed approving same sex marriage. Once all fifty states sign off on the same sex marriage law the gay community will be one step closer to being just as equal as the rest of so... ... middle of paper ... ...t under the microscope and looked at with a fine tooth comb. Only now they are finally getting what they deserve and that’s being equal with the rest of society; they are slowly progressing but not to the point of satisfaction for the gay community.