With so many differing opinions, one can understand why it's been so hard for the nation to come to agree on this issue. In an article titled "Witch Hunt in the Golden State", David N. Bass sheds light on on his opinion that same-sex marriage activists are using nonsensical methods of defending their case. According to the article, the US 9th Circuit of Appeals received a request from two homosexual couples that would force the campaigners againt gay marriage to make their private communications during the campaign available to the public. This, an attorney for the two homosexual couples believes, would make it apparent that the campaign against same sex marriage used an unfair method of invoking fear that both traditional marriage and society as a whole would collapse if gay marriage were allowed. On the other hand, attorneys for the advocates of traditional marriage believe that being forced to give out their internal communications during the Proposition 8 campaign would be an infringement on the freedom of speech and the unwritten rules of politics.
Politically, gay marriage is one of the 'hot' issues that public officials are asked to take a position on. Legally, matters of jurisdiction have caused uncertainty on whether a couple of the same sex will be recognized should they decide to move. Socially, America is still in turmoil due to how strongly both the opposition and advocacy feel for their cause. This has resulted hate crimes and protest, which brings gay marriage to a personal level as well. This issue causes us to question our own morality, as well as what we perceive the impact will be on children and their views on sexuality and core values.
As of June 26, 2015 the legalization of same sex marriage was passed in over 15 states in the United States of America. Same sex marriage was one of the biggest controversies known world wide due to religious beliefs, personal beliefs, and parental beliefs. Although many can argue why they disagree with same sex marriage, research and personal experience will show why same sex marriage is approved. The number one con of same sex marriage is of course religion. Some believe that if you date of the same sex then you will go to hell.
"History Of Gay Marriage In The United States (INFOGRAPHIC)." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 15 July 2013. Web. 12 Oct. 2013.
DOMA was passed out of fear that a lawsuit filed in Hawaii would make them allow same sex marriage. The congress did not want to allow same sex couples the same benefits heterosexual couples receive while legally married (4-6). Opponents of DOMA claims it violates the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment and the Full Faith and Credit Clause. By 2002, thirty-six states banned same-sex marriage or recognizing of same-sex marriage formed in other states (Richards 4-6). 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).
The main purpose of this paper is to discuss the history of the LGTB(Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Bisexual) movement in the USA, and the different positions that oppose that movement. Also, the current trends indicate a change is coming soon for this country on the issue. There are more gay supporters standing on the side of gay couples affirming that equality is necessary in America. Opponents just claim that gay relationships are uncommitted and shallow, and because of these facts they should not have the right to marry. As opposed to traditional marriage, gay marriage or same sex marriage could be defined as a lawful marriage between two persons of the same biological sex.
Same-Sex marriage is now legal in 17 states either by the court decision, the state legislature, or the popular vote (17 Legal). Although public attitudes toward same-sex marriage and homosexuality in general have become more accepting in the recent years, a sizeable segment of the U.S. population still views limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples as both a good public policy and morally right (Gay Marriage). The act of same-sex marriage has been banned in 33 states either by Constitutional Amendment and State laws (17 Legal). Although, same-sex marriages are still being rejected by more than half of the United States, the gay community still expresses optimism on obtaining freedom and equality on marriage. The gay community has been fighting a constant battle for their gay rights and marriage equality.