The Fight for Gay Marriage

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Over the past several years the homosexual community has made great strides in attempting to justify their right to legally join in matrimony. Society as a whole has come a long way in becoming more tolerant and acknowledging of same sex partners and their choices to form families. Given our first amendment right to freedom of speech, there are plenty of sentiments regarding whether or not laws should be ratified permitting these male or female partners to have the legal right to marry. There are numerous of current trends that provide absolute support to the homosexual community with hopes of increasing the level of tolerance. In addition, the great economic advantages that have come about from same-sex marriages in supporting states, has had a great influential voice around the nation. The almighty dollar plays a vital role in the intensification of support towards same-sex marriage. The fight for gay marriage can be traced back to 1970 when Jack Baker and Michael McConnell applied for a marriage license in Minnesota. The license was denied and an appeal to the Supreme Court was unsuccessful as the court denied the request to review the case. Since then it has been an ongoing battle within the U.S. In 1973 Maryland became the first state to ban same-sex marriage and In May, 2004 same-sex marriage became legal in Massachusetts, the first state to make it legal. According to the online article, Gay Marriage, to date, sixteen states allow same-sex marriage (New York, Massachusetts, Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Washington, California, New Jersey, New Mexico, Delaware, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Maine, Maryland & Minnesota. Illinois takes effect June 1, 2014). While it has been a slow process, as time has passed more and mo... ... middle of paper ... ...2014. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-07-24/gay-marriage-produced-259-million-for -new-york-city-economy-1-.html O'Keefe, Ed. "‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Ends, Troops Mark the Day in Different Ways." Washington Post. The Washington Post, 20 Sept. 2011. Web. 27 March 2014. . "Same-sex Marriage." Williams Institute. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Apr. 2014. . "States That Allow Gay Marriage." States That Allow Gay Marriage. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 March 2014. . "The White House Blog." President Obama Supports Same-Sex Marriage. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 March 2014. .

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