This led the House to pass the Defense of Marriage Act (DoMA) this July with the Senate concurring on Sept. 10. Social Security, Veter-an's and other federal benefits such as married tax status will simply be denied to Americans who do not conform to a sexual pattern preferred by others in society. I don't know where in the Constitution Congress is permitted to legislate the morality that a man must marry a woman. Furthermore, DoMA permits states to... ... middle of paper ... ... other may make some people uncomfortable. But their union does not infringe on anyone else's life, liberty or pursuit of happiness, and they have a claim to pursue their human rights and marry each other.
It cannot be changed again if lawmakers want it to continue onto the Nov. 2006 ballot. Gov. Mitt Romney asked the court to deter same-sex marriages until voters can make a final decision in Nov. 2006. Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly told the Boston Globe that since Gov. Romney lacked, “a valid legal basis for stay, because the SJC has ruled twice in favor of gay marriage,” he would not take Romney’s request to the state Supreme Court.
DOMA was passed out of fear that a lawsuit filed in Hawaii would make them allow same sex marriage. The congress did not want to allow same sex couples the same benefits heterosexual couples receive while legally married (4-6). Opponents of DOMA claims it violates the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment and the Full Faith and Credit Clause. By 2002, thirty-six states banned same-sex marriage or recognizing of same-sex marriage formed in other states (Richards 4-6). Benjamin Wittes says the uproar began in 1991 when Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act, and liberals became upset claiming it was a contradiction to our free country (46-48).
The act not only violated the 14th amendment but also couples marriage benefits including hospital visitation during an illness, taxation and inheritance rights, access to family health coverage, and protection in the event of divorce. These couples will receive the same eleven thousand federal rights that straight married couples have. Supreme court decided that same- sex couples ... ... middle of paper ... ...that opposing same-sex marriage does not make sense. Gay couples do not seem to be harming the country in any way, yet homophobes refuse to acknowledge that. The concept that marriage should only be between a man and a woman does not seem to have any logical defense.
People opposing gay marriage say, “We must protect traditional marriage and the traditional family.” Matthew McTighe of the Mainers United for Marriage debates responds by saying, “Prote... ... middle of paper ... ...g and legalizing gay marriage. By not accepting gay marriage is discriminating gay people, they should have the same rights as everyone else does. What people don’t understand is it's not a choice to be gay. You don't chose who you love, you just do. You are born gay; you can’t choose to be gay.
It does not however, include sexual orientation. However, that contradicts what the Supreme Court said when they defined marriage as one of our “vi... ... middle of paper ... ...nard, T., & Lieber, R. (2009, October 2). The high price of being a gay couple. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/03/your-money/03money.html?pagewanted=all Compare translations from 1 Peter 2:18.
Same sex marriage and adoption should be allowed regardless. Some may use the bible as their defense, that means nothing. There is separation between church and state. There is nowhere in any amendment, constitution, etc, that says anything about same sex marriage and adoption isn't right nor allowed. “Opponents of the same sex marriage could argue their claim that having parents of the same sex is bad for children”(Eckholm,16-18).
Moreover, if marriage is all about love, then those in love and committed to one another should be allowed to the freedom to marry regardless of their gender and age. Studies have revealed that heterosexual marriages are failing at a very at the very alarming rate. Based on this knowledge, gay marriages must, therefore, be legalized. Fifty years ago, no country supported gay marriage; it was criminalized even in the United States. People who openly displayed gay feelings would not be hired or be allowed to serve in the military.
In Paul’s Letters to the Corinthians, Paul states openly that it is wrongful for women to pray without a head covering and for men to have long hair, but we live in a contemporary society! We have to open ourselves to new ideas! It is not wrong to not wear a head covering because it is Paul that says it instead of Jesus. Even though Jesus never says homosexuality is a sin, because it is written in books such as Leviticus, which also supports polygamy, which is widely and legally practiced in modern American society, and Paul’s Letters to the Corinthians, we cannot support gay rights...
The Supreme Court judges ruled that the 14th amendment must prohibit states from banning gay couple right to be wed. The case that made this happen was Obergefell v Hodges, which started in April of 2015. Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is one of the judges at the Supreme Court states, “Excluding same-sex couples from marriage thus conflicts with a central premise of the right to marry. Without the recognition, stability, and predictability marriage offers, their children suffer the stigma of knowing their families are somehow lesser…” (“A Constitutional Right”). Also, Justice Antonin Scalia implied, “The law can recognize as marriage whatever sexual attachments and living arrangements it wishes”