I do not think it is right to ruin the holy sacrament of marriage. Although I do not promote gay marriage or civil unions, I do believe a domestic partnership is the union that is most fitting and would make the gay society more productive. There are only few states in the United States that allow gay marriage which include Vermont, Iowa, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Massachusetts legislators decided there was no good state constitutional reason that should prevent gay marriage. Although gay marriage is legal now, Massachusetts may change the constitution’s laws or wording at anytime to prohibit gay marriage.
It is the year 2014 and the debate whether gay marriage should be illegal or legal still continues in many states around our nation. Others know America as a “Free Country”, but is it really free? Why does the government continue to force laws against same-sex marriage when the number of homosexual couples continue to rise? The 14th amendment to the US Constitution applies equally to both homosexual and heterosexual citizens; therefore, the government does not have the right to enact any law that bans marriage between individuals based on their sexual orientation. The 14th amendment also bans states from enacting laws that restrict civil liberties and many people argue that marriage is a civil liberty.
Gay marriage should be legal worldwide. Gay marriage or same-sex marriage is when a man and man or women and a woman get married. Same-sex marriage impacts society in different types of ways, some people are affected by it because they think it is against the bible, others seem to have no impact or problem with same-sex marriage. However for the gay community it affects them, because in some states they are not allowed to marry the one they are in love with it. Also it impacts them because there are groups of people against same-sex marriage and the gay community is constantly being judged by people opposed to same-sex marriage.
Same sex marriage is the new topic for the 20th century. Gay marriage is not a liberal or conservative issue, but an issue of enforcing the US Constitution's guarantee of equal protection and due process to all Americans. Just like skin color, sexual orientation is an immutable characteristic, so the gay minority must be protected from discrimination just as racial minorities are protected. Accordingly, the constitutional right to marry cannot be subject to a majority vote. The Constitution does guarantee freedom of religion for those who see homosexuality as inconsistent with their religion, but it also states that religious beliefs cannot be the basis for anti-gay rights legislation.
Therefore, homosexuals should have the same freedom of marriage heterosexuals have. In the article, Backlash the topic on religion vs. same sex marriage comes up. “The same sex marriage debate reveals some fundamental splits in the religious community.” (Gatehouse,5) As a society, I believe we should work together to build a culture and set of public policies that honor marriage and include all. There should be no discrimination against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community, a culture founded from oppression, yet we don't have acceptance for them. As of 2014, 54% of Americans agreed that same-sex marriage should be legal.
"On no issue in American life have opinions changed as fast as they have on gay rights," said Whit Ayres, a Republican pollster and political consultant. "It is truly a stunning development." (Yost) Currently, the United States Government has left up the decision of same-sex marriage and civil unions up to the states, opening the door for many states to issue bans against it, and therefore leading to unfair treatment of individuals in some states. Same sex marriage is a civil rights issue and should be left up to the federal government. Individual states should not be left to discriminate against citizens, religious devotions cannot be used to promote against equal rights of those without the same beliefs, and treatment of individuals should be the same in whichever state in which they reside.
constitution. Both the 5th and 14th Amendments of the U.S. constitution state that no person shall be "deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law" and the Equal Protection Clause in the 14th Amendment says that no state shall "deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws” (“Pro & Con Arguments: ‘Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?’ “, 2015). Yet, the federal government still created a law in 1996 known as DOMA, or the Defense of Marriage Act. DOMA treated same-sex couples as if they were not married, even if their marriage was valid in the state where they lived. DOMA also made same-sex couples unable to receive tax breaks, Social Security benefits, and even employer provided health insurance.
In the subject of gay rights, religion is more than just the base; it is the underlying reason why gay marriage is only legal in 17 U.S states and the District of Columbia. The first amendment of the United States Constitution states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ...” Gay marriage being illegal in 33 of the U.S states is defying the constitution in its entirety. Citizens who oppose to same sex marriage often state from the bible that man was made to be wed with a woman, but from a biblical side of the argument same sex actions was around during the time that the bible was written. Throughout the bible it talks a lot about how homosexua... ... middle of paper ... ... are we to tell them that they cannot give a child a second chance, family, love, most of all who are we to deny a child that second chance at life, happiness, and family. Gay marriage should be legalized for many reasons.
We should also keep in mind that we cannot settle marriage’s future simply by looking at its past as marriage is a socially evolving institution. Legalizing gay marriage would enable gay couples to show to the rest of the society that they are as serious as heterosexual couples about their relationship. Without legalized gay marriage, those couples would always remain inferior to heterosexual couples.
Marriage is something that will assure equality and rights – all people have according to our Constitution. The constitution specifically says that the government cannot make laws based on religious factors, and the fact that gay couples cannot marry even though they love and have needs the same way straight couples do is hypocritical of that First Amendment right. Church and state should be completely separate. Church laws and morals are unrealistic in today’s society. It is 2011, not the 1940’s.