Gay marriage should be legal.
What would you do if you couldn’t marry the one you love? How would you feel if the person you love is in hospital and the doctor cant tell you his/her condition because you are not considered by law to be a family member. The person you have been with for most of your life that knows you the best and cant make the final decisions with your life when you leave this world.
In the United States, people are debating about legalizing gay marriage. Homosexual couples are still fighting to legalize gay marriage and receive equal rights, equal benefits, and the acceptance to be equal as heterosexual couples. Even though, some people have negative thoughts or says about gay marriage, it’s essential for homosexual marriage to be legalized to improve society. Gay marriage should be legalized in the United States, and set and example to change the world.
It is the year 2014 and the debate whether gay marriage should be illegal or legal still continues in many states around our nation. Others know America as a “Free Country”, but is it really free? Why does the government continue to force laws against same-sex marriage when the number of homosexual couples continue to rise? The 14th amendment to the US Constitution applies equally to both homosexual and heterosexual citizens; therefore, the government does not have the right to enact any law that bans marriage between individuals based on their sexual orientation. The 14th amendment also bans states from enacting laws that restrict civil liberties and many people argue that marriage is a civil liberty. The government has no right to enforce the Biblical will of the church on citizens; therefore, why are many of the same-sex laws based around religion and what the bible says?
I do! The marriage of homosexual couples is a hot topic today. It is a reminder of decades past when marriage between people of different ethnicities, race, and religious affiliation was banned (Buffie, 2011). In modern America, the culture is shifting again with more support for same-sex marriages. Many United States (U.S.) politicians are listening to their constituents on this debate and have changed their stance to in favor of same-sex marriage. Along with these politicians changing their stance, many states are overturning their previous bans on same-sex marriage. Federal and state governments need to legalize same-sex marriages to preserve the freedom to marry for all Americans. Legalization of same sex marriages legitimizes the couple’s equality in society, strengthens family health, and is an intrinsic right for all Americans.
The argument of same-sex marriage is important, not only for the religious and legal precedent, but because the welfare of families, especially the interest of children now and in the future, may be profoundly affected by the proposals before Hawaii's courts and the state legislature relating to same-sex marriage.
Marriage is a unique practice, in that it is both a religious sacrament and legal registration controlled by the state. For the time being, marriage is defined by "84% of the population as the union of two people of the opposite sex" (Johnson p.49). Therefore, by definition, marriage has to be different sex.
America is a country known for its freedom, yet people are told who they can and cannot marry. According to Kim Richards a case in Hawaii in 1993 where judges said the state’s constitution required a good reason not to give gay’s equal marriage rights. Congress was pushed to pass the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prevented homosexuals who were allowed to marry from receiving the usual benefits of marriage, like taxes and retirement. In response states have made their stand on domestic partnerships and civil unions. 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). Dayton says Massachusetts was the first state to sign the bill to allow marriage equality in their state. While republican opponents win the legislative fight with twenty-one states denying marriage equality while just ten have granted the rights to homosexual couples. Polls have shown the majority of America, even including one of our most liberal states, California, remains against gay marriage. After the bill passing in Massachusetts in 2003, thirteen states passed anti-gay-marriage initiatives. Gay right activists are in hopes that states will not follow (...
Ellen DeGeneres always knows what’s up, and hearing Ricky Martin sing is like an angel. We can’t forget our Queen Latifah with her soothing voice and words of wisdom. Lastly our beloved Neil Patrick Harris, with his Legen- wait for it - dary acting. But all of these very different people have something in common. They are all homosexuals. It’s sad that all the things that these wonderful people do to entertain you, to bring you happiness and they cannot be granted their own happiness. These loved celebrities and many more homosexuals are denied their right to marry their love. Homosexual, Gay and Same-Sex Marriage is exactly what you think it is. Marriage between two people of the same gender. In today's American Society, it’s all about the new and what makes living even more effortless. America is all about freedom in opinion, imagination and happiness. So why is it so difficult to accept gays and grant them the happiness they deserve from a country who offers “freedom”. “There are 1,138 benefits, rights and protections provided on the basis of marital status in Federal law, not including hundreds more offered by every state. Because the Defense of Marriage Act defines "marriage" as only a legal union between one man and one woman, same-sex couples - even if legally married in their state - will not be considered spouses for purposes of federal law.”(An Overview) Basically, our country looks at Same-Sex Marriage as another expense, instead of a right. So far, 17 states in the US legalized same-sex marriage including, California, New Jersey, and New York. There are still 33 states that ban same-sex marriage. (17 States) These 17 states see how granting a right could bring much happiness to, not only to couple, but the state as a w...
For many years and in many countries same sex marriage was ignored not tolerated by many. It took a few years and after many debates Spain legalized same sex marriage on July 03, 2005. After many years under the governmental control of Gen. Francisco Franco and the Roman Catholic Church who so quickly put the ban on gay marriage. Once the Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero became the leader of the nations socialist party he immediately began the campaign for this world wide issue. Through research I will discuss my findings on the statistics on this issue, the pros and cons and of course how the community and the church reacted to this new law that equalizes same sex marriage.
For over four hundred years, African Americans have faced discrimination in the United States, and it took them more than ten years to find some sort of equality. Women have also faced discrimination for hundreds of years and it took them over fifty years to earn minimal rights. While the issue of homosexuality is relatively new to our country, the fight for rights started almost immediately, and people today are still struggling to earn civil liberties, like same-sex marriage. If some change isn’t made now, their struggle for rights could last even longer than other minorities have endured. Since there is no national ruling made to abolish same-sex marriage, each state sets its own laws regarding gay marriage. Currently in the US, five states allow same-sex marriage, several states offer civil unions, and the large majority of states ban same-sex marriage. Today, several groups, including Conservatives and Christians, are fighting against gay marriage, citing bible verses and their own personal beliefs as their arguments. The gay community and many socially liberal Americans are joining together to fight back and defend themselves in the search for equality. The United States should implement a national law allowing same-sex marriage to all gay couples, because it will ensure natural rights for all Americans, establish and preserve equality among all citizens, and help to end discrimination against gay Americans.
American society encounters many different forms of discrimination on a daily basis. There is age discrimination in which an underage minor will not be able to purchase alcoholic beverages or tobacco products. There is also racial discrimination where a black youth is denied a job in a labor union even though that is illegal. Then also another form is gender discrimination which a woman is paid less than that of a man for the same job. Yet a particularly unfair form is sexual discrimination which a same sex couple is not able to be married like a heterosexual couple. Slowly, this form of discrimination is becoming illegal which has caused much dispute. Even though there is debate about it, same sex marriage should become legalized because it deserves the same rights as heterosexual marriages.