Yet, homosexuals are unable to obtain a marriage license. This needs to be changed. Currently in the United States there is much legal and cultural activity surrounding the possibility of the legalization of "gay marriage". As of December 1995, a law case underway in Hawaii may lay the ground for legal recognition of same-sex unions. Such legal moves, as well as the efforts by lesbian and gay couples to be recognized as such, face denunciation from some conservative voices who assert that by nature and divine will only relationships between men and women can be considered "natural".
That is the only gay agenda-equality for everyone under the law” says reverend Troy Perry from the Metropolitan community church. Equality for every American is listed under our Civil Rights. The right to Marriage and Divorce was intended for everyone, yet the government took away that right from gays and lesbians because they didn’t approve. Gay marriage has been a huge argument sense the 1960s. Theres the side that doesn't approve for religious reasons, and a side supports same sex marriage whether gay or straight.
Sullivan believes gay men and lesbians should have the right to marry because they are citizens of the United States. Every citizen is granted the right of equality regardless of their circumstance or sexual preference. Sullivan quotes the Supreme Court and its recent decree when this article was composed and written. “A state cannot deem a class of persons a stranger to its laws,” (Sullivan, pg 25). The Supreme Court finally recognized the gay community as normal human beings that should not be ostracized by society.
Homosexual Marriage Since 1971 when the first same sex couple Richard John Baker and James Michael McConnell applied for a marriage license and were denied in the Baker vs. Nelson ruling, America has been forced to debate whether homosexuals should be allowed to be married even though they are not the classical definition of a couple. There are many opinions about this subject from government officials, religious leaders and even the president of the United States. Homosexuals should be allowed to be married because they need to be treated fairly and equally. Homosexuals have been denied the right to be married because many people feel, "The union of a man and woman is the most enduring human institution, honored and encouraged in all cultures and by every religious faith" (George W. Bush). Since marriage wasn't clearly defined in our Bill of Rights, The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was started.
With dening the right of marrage, this has opened the flood gate to open descrimation agenst homosexuals. The fight for this right first began in 1993 in Hawaii Supreme Court, this however failed and the subject of same sex marriage sat in the background of the world politics and law until about 2004 in Massachusetts where same sex marriage was legalized, Connec... ... middle of paper ... ...rvices/same-sex-marriage-laws.aspx>. "Arizona 'religious freedom' bill angers gay rights supporters." The Christian Science Monitor. The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Feb. 2014.
Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable (New International Version Bible, Leviticus 18:22). Many religions believe that procreation is the most important to human existence and same-sex ... ... middle of paper ... ...gs are changing with the courts recognizing that gay couples should have the same rights to marry as the heterosexual couples. Throughout history gay marriage has been there, legal and illegal. Then the rise of Christianity began changing things and soon gay marriage became uncommon and a sin. In the 21st century some religions and laws are still discriminating against them.
This is a long-standing theme of most major Western religions. Under a proposed bill known as the Defense of Marriage act, marriage is defined as “a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife.” Furthermore, it defines a spouse as “ a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or wife” (What 1). Under these guidelines, it is quite obvious that gay couples would not be eligible for marriage. People against homosexual marriage also say that it is a person’s choice to be gay. Since the individual chooses to be a homosexual, they should not be given special privileges.
As many minority groups in the United States have fought for their civil rights in past decades, it is the gay community that now finds itself striving for equal opportunities in our culturally diverse nation. Although they have already come a long way in the path of acceptance, most recently the gay community has had to confront extremist conservative groups who claim that allowing same-sex couples to join in a civilly recognized union violates the act of a traditional, sacred marriage. Gay and lesbian individuals feel that, like any other group, they should not be denied rights that are typically bestowed upon heterosexual couples who are recognized by the federal government. Certainly, there are states that have drafted and created protections for same-sex couples under civil unions and domestic partnership laws, however, the formation of such ordinances creates a separate and unequal status for some of America's citizens. As the precedent set by Brown V. The Board of Education exhibited in 1955, which pleaded a case for racial equality, the same theory of creating a separate but equal environment for groups of any nature has been proven to be unconstitutional.
There are also many legal benefits of marriage. Gay marriage has been an ongoing debate in the United States for a several years. “Individual states in the United States have been left to decide their own marriage laws. On May 17, 2004, Massachusetts became the first state to provide the freedom to marry to same-sex couples.” (freedomtomarry.org) Some people believe that it should be banned because it is seen as a sin in many religions, while others believe that marriage is about the unity of two lovers and religion should not get in their way. 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.