Many citizens feel disgusted at the thought of it and there are just as many who fully support it. Amy B. Becker, educator at Towson University, states that “44 percent [of American citizens] support legalizing same-sex marriage, [and] 53 percent [of American citizens] oppose same-sex marriage in a May 2010 Gallup Poll.” The concerns on the subject increased after a 1993 Hawaiian Supreme Court case, which governed “that under that states constitution, a marriage statute which restricts the status and benefits of marriage to male-female couples discriminates on the basis of sex” (qtd in Dinno 1). Religion, opinions of citizens, and the lives of many gay and lesbian people are all factors in the controversial debate of whether or not same-sex marriage should be legalized. The citizens that are opposed to same-sex marriage argue that legalizing the marriage will overall change our culture. One reason to why some people think same-sex marriage is wrong is because it is claimed to not be a traditional marriage: between a man and a woman.
Gay marriage has been legalized in many countries including Argentina, France, Canada, and Spain. In the United States only a few states have gay marriage legalized, but some other states don’t recognize the marriage if they enter the state. According to "Support For Same-Sex Marriage Edges Upward" if you were born after 1980, favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally by a 53% to 39% margin, and from a political standpoint 53% of democrats and only 24 % of republicans support gay marriage (Michael 3). In 2003, Massachusetts was the first state to legalize gay marriage. Following Massachusetts seventeen other states are in the process of legalizing gay marriage including California, New Mexico, New York, and Rhode Island.
Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable (New International Version Bible, Leviticus 18:22). Many religions believe that procreation is the most important to human existence and same-sex ... ... middle of paper ... ...gs are changing with the courts recognizing that gay couples should have the same rights to marry as the heterosexual couples. Throughout history gay marriage has been there, legal and illegal. Then the rise of Christianity began changing things and soon gay marriage became uncommon and a sin. In the 21st century some religions and laws are still discriminating against them.
Seven or eight years ago American opinion polls display that the people opposed gay marriage by a 2-1 margin (Klarman). Furthermore, another poll taken in April 2005 told differently; according to a CNN/USA Today, Gallup poll, 68% of Americans felt that same-sex marriage should not be recognized as valid; 28% felt they should be valid, and 4% had no opinion. However, current opinion polls have presented that a slender majority of Americans support gay marriage (Klarman). Beside the fact that not everyone supports same-sex marriage, more homosexuals have come out to the people in their lives. “The number of Americans ... ... middle of paper ...
By accepting them as equals we are taking steps for everyone. Same-sex marriages and civil unions are a highly controversy subject. There is social unrest regarding the government’s denial of the right to marry for homosexuals. Homosexuals are a part of American society, and yet they do not have the same civil rights as heterosexuals. In 1996, Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act that defines marriage as a union between members of the opposite sex, and left this matter up to the individual states.
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.
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.