Despite the majority of American citizens approving the legalization of homosexual marriage, it is either against state law or banned by state constitution in 33 states. Only one state, New Mexico, has no laws that either explicitly ban or allow same-sex marriage (“Same Sex Marriage Fast Facts”). As the residents of the 16 states that have legalized same-sex marriage can attest, numerous advantages coincide with the approval of homosexual marriage, and not j... ... middle of paper ... ...its of Marriage.” MSN Money. Microsoft, 11 April 2011. Web.
The DREAM Act was passed in December 2010 by the House of Representatives with a vote of 216- 198 but in the Senate the DREAM act did not gain enough votes to break the Republican filibuster at 55 of 60 votes (Stolz 16). Obama recently said, “We need five more years to reform an immigration system that doesn't work and make sure that we are a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants” (Schwandt). Texas became the first state to allow undocumented students to attend Texas universities and be able to pay instate tuition. The first group of the students graduated from college since the law was enacted in 2001, although these students still cannot work because they are undocumented. Thus, the passage of the DREAM Act bec... ... middle of paper ...
The Supreme Court of the United States recently ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. Yet, same-sex marriage continues to be a highly debated issue. George Chauncey gives a road map of the history of marriage equality in his article “The Long Road to Marriage Equality,” same-sex marriage has always existed but became a hot issue in the 1970's. In the 70's the Supreme Court of the United States in the state of Minnesota upheld a lower court's decision that denying a marriage license to same-sex couple did not violate the United States Constitution. American children are educated that the United States of America is one of the best countries around that is until you look at our past to see that we enslaved races, killed because we did not like someone, and are not allowing people to marry because they are the same-sex (Chauncey).
Only seven out of the 50 United States have declared gay marriage legal. These states include California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, Washington D.C. and most recently, Hawaii who legalized gay marriage on February 23 of this year. The governor made a statement saying, “This bill represents equal rights for everyone in Hawaii, everyone who comes here. This to me is the essence of the aloha spirit. With its signing, I want to say ‘welcome’ to the world, come to paradise.” However, this country has continued to vote to keep an estimated 9 million Americans who claim to be homosexual from marrying (Morello).
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According to the Times, the number of unmarried cohabitating couples in Oklahoma increased 97 percent in the past ten years. It increased 125 percent in Arkansas and 123 percent in Tennessee. The average national increase in unmarried couples for the same period was 72 percent. Statistics like these are deeply troubling to God-fearing social conservatives like Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who declared a “marital emergency” in his state; and Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating, who has initiated a multimillion dollar campaign to strengthen marriage by sending publicly funded “marriage ambassadors” to talk shows and public schools and providing premarital education. ... ... middle of paper ... ...tates, when the Supreme Court held that Mormons could be prosecuted for entering into polygamous marriages.