19 Nov. 2013. Rauch, Jonathan. Gay Marriage: Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America. 1st, Rev. ed.
Currently 17 states have legalized same-sex marriage and 33 states have bans against same-sex marriage (ProCon). Traditional marriage predates government and is the fundamental bu... ... middle of paper ... ...alize gay marriage anywhere in the United States of America. Works Cited Anderson, Ryan T. “Marriage Matters: Consequences of Redefining Marriage.” The Heritage Foundation: Gay Marriage (2013): 1. The Heritage Foundation. Web.
But only 19 of 194 countries allow for gay marriage. Statistics show more than half the country supports Gay Marriage and the right for same-sex couples to be treated equal through the everyday endeavors every other couple go through. Gay Marriage should be legal in all states throughout the country and should be given the same benefits as a heterosexual marriage. Without the option to marry, same-sex couples face constant adversity with their financial future, physical/mental health, and practical means. (Gay 3) Many proponents argue that not allowing gay marriage is classified as unconstitutional discrimination.
Web. 28 Oct. 2013. Olson, Theodore B., and David Boies. "The Marriage Debate: Gays Deserve Equal Rights." Wall Street Journal 2013 mar 26: A.11.
The divorce rate among homosexual couples is nearly half the divorce rate of heterosexual couples, in states where homosexual marriage is already legal. This statistic makes it evident that homosexual marriage is as successful as heterosexual marriage. However, out of 49 states with laws regarding gay marriage, only 13 legally recognize the union of two same sex people. Some of the reasoning for this is because some people believe that homosexuality is against their religion and thus, homosexual couples should not have equal rights. In a constitutional society such as ours where all people are meant to be treated equally, homosexual couples need to be granted the same rights as heterosexual couples.
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.