The fight to legalize gay marriage has won many battles in recent years. It has become available in Canada, England, New Zealand, and here in the United States it is now legal in 13 states (religioustolerence.org). Gay couples have become more prominently accepted in modern society, appearing in popular TV shows such as “Modern Family” and “The New Normal”. Gay marriage is even the inspiration for popular songs such as “Same Love” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Even with same sex couples being more commonly accepted, there are still conservative and religious leaders that remain opposed. It is this opposition that has prevented gay marriage from becoming legal in most of the country. Gays and lesbians are Americans just like everyone else, and deserve the same rights. Discrimination to a minority is supposed to be against the law, but still somehow manages to exist for the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community. Preventing same sex couples from marrying is not only denying them their civil rights, it is also discriminating against their innocent family members.
Throughout the United States there are many rights that should be practiced by everyday citizens, but there are many people that would not agree to that statement. Homosexuality has gone the distance in the past two decades and is finally being accepted by most people. Although it is being accepted, most rights that have been passed have not been equal to that of non-homosexuals. Discrimination towards homosexuals is the most problematic topic, for the very reason, they have been mistreated and/ or bullied by others for not being considered the norm. The way homosexuals do something, communicate, stride, and so on are being put on the line and should not be taken as being different. Equality should be seen with every man and woman without thought of their sexual orientation. Within different communities you can see the difference between the rights of dissimilar sex oriented people, and should be justified to where everyone is treated the same. With many different types of religion practiced around the United States, homosexuality is most likely problem considered a sin toward a religious person. Going against any normality that people have can cause a catastrophe within; let us just say the Catholic society. With only six states that have recognized to legalize gay marriage and actually follow through, many people from states that don’t have the legalization may think it is erroneous to be so called "married" to someone of the same sex. Partnerships no matter what the sexual orientation should have identical rights in a marriage. Adoption is also another matter homosexual couples have to suffer with. Furthermore, adoption agencies believe that homosexual couples could not be responsible for a child, nor have a loving home, in suc...
When it comes to dealing with gay marriage and the issues surrounding gay rights, there is one question on everyone’s mind, “Can we outlaw hate?” Elton John once said, “There is nothing wrong with going to bed with someone of your own sex. People should be very free with sex, they should draw the line at goats.” This quote shows the minority opinion when dealing with homosexuality or homosexual marriage.
As passive as the James Madison: Checks and Balances system has become, the federalist relationship became significantly close between national and state governments on the subject of gay marriage. The anti-gay activists of Oklahoma took several legislative measures to restrict same sex unions. These activities take three basic forms: State constitutional amendments, marriage statutes, and non-binding resolutions (Peterson 2-3). Oklahoma’s most potent way of restricting these unions was to adopt a non-binding resolution that is named DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act). DOMA is a resolution that “bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages and allows states to ignore gay marriages performed elsewhere”(Peterson 3).
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