The Federal Government should make same sex marriage legal in the United States. It is a human and civil right which is being denied to the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual) community. Same-sex couples should have access to the same marriage benefits and public acknowledgment enjoyed by heterosexual couples and prohibiting gay marriage is unconstitutional discrimination. Denying gay marriage infringes on the Civil Rights of American citizens. Not allowing same sex marriage is also a minority discrimination.
Right now in the United States, one of these building blocks of society is being threatened by the possibility of a negative transformation. The building block of marriage as the sacred joining of one man and one woman is under attack and is at risk of being destroyed. People in favor of gay marriage want to change marriage to the joining of two people of either sex, which goes against what the purpose of marriage has been and why it is important to society and religion. People who are in opposition to same-sex marriage are eagerly expressing their opinions with religious and cultural reasons that show how this change could impact our society forever. The institution of marriage is typically known as a religious rite.
In addition, it is important to note that in the United States’ Congress is still making laws that forbid gay marriage. These laws deny a segment of the population (homosexuals) the same right same as the majority: to marry. It is high time the government did something to stop the discrimination of same-sex couples and abolish these laws. Both cases (Hawaii, 1993, and Massachusetts, 2004) had a legal response. In 1996 Bob Barr, a Republican, introduced a bill banning same-sex marriages.
By accepting them as equals we are taking steps for everyone. Same-sex marriages and civil unions are a highly controversy subject. There is social unrest regarding the government’s denial of the right to marry for homosexuals. Homosexuals are a part of American society, and yet they do not have the same civil rights as heterosexuals. In 1996, Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act that defines marriage as a union between members of the opposite sex, and left this matter up to the individual states.
“[Same-sex marriage legalization] would be a foolish and tragic choice,” the statement made by Peter Sprigg in 2012, still does echo some Americans feelings about same-sex marriage. Although there is some truth to his statement, the tide is turning in favor of legalization of same-sex marriage. As public opinion polls show, Americans are beginning to accept the idea of same-sex marriage more and more than they have been in the past. Their opinions rely on a variety of differing things, the majority does claim to the belief of religious marriage. The trends show that more and more citizens, across vastly different groups, are beginning to favor the legalization of same-sex marriage.
There are many reasons why people are against gay marriage; however most of the arguments against same-sex marriage are weak and unreasonable and are founded upon nothing more than bigotry, fear, and ignorance. Homosexuality is a major sin in most religions, hence why they oppose same-sex marriages. Since when is it okay to enforce one’s religious views on another? Since when do Gays have to follow the laws of Christianity or Judaism? If people in this country are allowed to n... ... middle of paper ... ...nal Right to Ban Gay Marriage?"
Real Marriage In the article, The Catholic Church Rejects Homosexual Acts, but Condemns Prejudice Against Homosexual Persons, Vincent Foy attests that homosexuality used to be known “as a grave moral evil, worthy of death and hell”(3). However, in today’s society, homosexuality has begun to be accepted as a normal and natural human condition. Thus it is wrong, to treat a homosexual with disrespect and hatred. Despite this, same-sex marriage should not be legalized because it devalues and changes the nature of marriage. For centuries, marriage has usually referred to relations between males and females.
The argument against same sex marriage is one founded in religion and personal values. As the majority of religions deem homosexuality as a sin, those opposing do not want to formally recognize a relationship or lifestyle they see as sinful and wrong. They argue that same-sex marriages undermine the institution of marriage itself because the institution of marriage should apply only to unions between one man and one woman. They believe allowing same-sex marriages will only lead to continued decline of moral value in America. Proponents argue that homosexuals should have access to the same marriage benefits and public acknowledgment enjoyed by heterosexual couples and that prohibiting same-sex marriage is unconstitutional discrimination.