Since the beginning of time, Homo sapiens have discriminated against people with differences such as color of skin, religion, politics, and more. Over the years, society has changed to accept these differences, yet Americans still ostracize the gay community as if they were less than human. Currently one specific controversy comes to mind in consideration of gays, and that is gay marriage. The controversies surrounding gay marriage include the legal, religious, and philosophical problems that allowing gay marriage could cause. The United States currently does not recognize gay partnerships as legal marriages, and therefore when gay partners file for a tax refund both partners must mark single for the type of relationship. Though the United States federally does not allow homosexual marriages, states like Connecticut, Vermont, Massachusetts, Washington, Iowa, New York, and New Hampshire allow such marriages, and even more states recognize civil unions such as Illinois California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington and Wisconsin. With these states bringing more attention to gay marriage, the debate over this right has come to the forefront of the 2012 presidential campaign. The definition of marriage is traditionally between a man and a woman which is why the anti-gay marriage groups protest the concept of having two men or two women marry. Research shows that those opposed to gay marriage have used the costs associated with benefits, as well as religious and secular philosophical concerns as points on their flawed platform.
Legal marriage is the right of all Americans regardless of their sexual orientation. Gay marriage is certainly a hot button issue. It invokes an emotional dialogue filled with passion, rage, hate and fear. However, at the base of it all, are two people who are in a committed relationship living normal and productive lives and contributing to society in a positive manner. This issue is being debated in every state of the union, and will eventually go to the Supreme Court.
Many conservative politicians and American citizens have opposed same sex marriage on the basis of protecting the sanctity of marriage. President Bush claims that under the Defense of Marriage Act, each state is not required to accept a...
Eskridge, William N, and Darren R. Spedale. Gay Marriage: For Better or for Worse? : What We've Learned from the Evidence. Oxford [u.a.: Oxford Univ. Press, 2006. Print.
... the government and a majority of states ban homosexual marriage. Although many of these claims tend to be opinions and even falsehoods, the author contributes a strong argument. Many court cases have been issued due to the huge controversy of homosexual marriage. In Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the court concluded “that the Constitution places limits on a State’s right to interfere with a person’s most basic decisions about family and parenthood”(Moss 106). This contradicts with all the rules and regulations that the states place upon marriage and more specifically gay marriage. There have been several cases on the violations of homosexual rights, but laws have not currently been changed so that they have equality in all aspects. In the future, society will hopefully mirror the solution to the 1960’s prohibited interracial marriage and permit homosexual marriage.
The Same-Sex Marriage debate has heated up government rulings for centuries. Since most countries were created with religious beliefs the idea of Same-Sex Marriage and homosexuality was a topic that was utterly shunned and overlooked. The Supreme Court has left a lot of unanswered questions with this debate until recently. In the past it was unclear unto were the actual law stood in respect to the right to engage in homosexual conduct. Living in the 21st century with a higher population that is homosexual, the push for marriage equality has been at an uproar. In recent times on August 19, 2013 was the first time that modern laws for same sex marriage were actually enacted. They were enacted in 15 different countries (Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Iceland, Uruguay, Denmark, etc.). In America there are 16 states who allow gay marriage, and there are 33 states who ban same sex marriage. Some of the states with the
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