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). Dayton says Massachusetts was the first state to sign the bill to allow marriage equality in their state. While republican opponents win the legislative fight with twenty-one states denying marriage equality while just ten have granted the rights to homosexual couples. Polls have shown the majority of America, even including one of our most liberal states, California, remains against gay marriage. After the bill passing in Massachusetts in 2003, thirteen states passed anti-gay-marriage initiatives.
There are several various reasons that gays and lesbians seek the right of marriage for personal reasons also and they should not be denied the same rights as anyone. As American citizens we are promised our unalienable rights of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness as it states in the Declaration of Independence. Our forefathers probably never imagined this day would come, that women and men in America would fight for the right to marry their same sex just as heterosexuals marry. But then, neither could they dream that the President of the United States would attempt to write discrimination into our Constitution, either. The fact remains that the Constitution was written to "...secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity."
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I feel that all fifty states in the U.S. should allow same-sex marriages. Only in the states of, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, California, along with the District of Columbia are gay couples allowed to marry. There are more states that allow first cousins to marry. Same-sex marriage is very important with gay couples and activists in today's society. One of the main reasons is that the primary purpose of marriage is procreation.
Does homosexuality harm the institution of marriage? YES! The institution of marriage is unique. It is the one institution that binds women and men together to form a family, and this serves broad societal purposes. “Homosexual activists argue that same-sex marriage is a civil rights issue similar to the struggle for racial equality in the 1960s.” (Richie, 2014) This is false.
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.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” (Declaration of Independence, para.2). Same sex marriage has become a highly debated issue throughout American society. Until the last few years, same sex marriage was not allowed throughout America. Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same sex marriage in 2004. In 2008 same sex marriage became legal in Connecticut due to the state constitution.
Secondly, denying two people the... ... middle of paper ... ...er. Web. 18 Dec. 2013. http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail?sid=87ddfadd-bb20-4b0f-8855-3dc32c237fd4%40sessionmgr114&vid=1&hid=119&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=f5h&AN=89621143 • Garcia, Monique, and Ray Long. "Lawmakers Affirm Gays' Right to Wed." Chicago Tribune. 06 Nov 2013: 1.