Marriage: Is It Just for a Man and a Woman?

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Is America being taken over by same-sex couples who are seeking the same right to marry that heterosexual couples enjoy, or is that just the way the media is portraying it? The fact is that in the United States between 2006 and 2008, 4.6% of females and 2.8% of males ages 18 to 44 reported that they were homosexual or bisexual. The purpose of this essay is to examine the arguments for and against the right of same-sex marriage in the United States. Is marriage just for a man and a woman? The fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution states that, “ . . . No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property . . .” With that in mind, defines liberty as freedom from control, interference, obligation, restriction, hampering conditions, etc.; power or right of doing, thinking, speaking, etc., according to choice. Because of these constitutional rights, same-sex partners deserve the same opportunity to marry in America. Government officials and lawmakers alike, whom took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States, should live up to their promise of liberty and amend any laws which discriminate against a citizen’s right to marry who they love. To gain a better understanding of the topic at hand, it’s important to first understand the terms used. The Webster’s New Pocket Dictionary defines heterosexual as of or having sexual desire for those of the opposite sex, and homosexual as of or having sexual desire for those of the same sex. Michel Foucault points out that up until a century ago there was never a distinct category of people called homosexuals (Foucault). It wasn’t unco... ... middle of paper ... ...ted States: Data from the 2006-2008 National Survey of Family Growth.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 3 Mar. 2011. Web 27 July 2011 Foucault, Michel. “The History of Sexuality: An Introduction. Trans. Robert Hurley. Vol. 1. New York, 1990. Web 27 July 2011. Homosexuality Quotes, Sayings about Gay Rights, Pride, Sexual Orientation." The Quote Garden - Quotes, Sayings, Quotations, Verses. 1998. Web. 02 Aug. 2011 “Liberty” | Find the Meanings and Definitions of Words at Web 29 July 2011 Matthew. King James Bible. Cambridge ed. David Norton, 2011. Print. Olson, Theodore B. “The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage.” Newsweek 155.3 (2010): 48-54. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web 28 July 2011 “Statistics on Religion in America Report.” Religion in American Culture – Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Web. 30 July 2011

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