Many citizens feel disgusted at the thought of it and there are just as many who fully support it. Amy B. Becker, educator at Towson University, states that “44 percent [of American citizens] support legalizing same-sex marriage, [and] 53 percent [of American citizens] oppose same-sex marriage in a May 2010 Gallup Poll.” The concerns on the subject increased after a 1993 Hawaiian Supreme Court case, which governed “that under that states constitution, a marriage statute which restricts the status and benefits of marriage to male-female couples discriminates on the basis of sex” (qtd in Dinno 1). Religion, opinions of citizens, and the lives of many gay and lesbian people are all factors in the controversial debate of whether or not same-sex marriage should be legalized. The citizens that are opposed to same-sex marriage argue that legalizing the marriage will overall change our culture. One reason to why some people think same-sex marriage is wrong is because it is claimed to not be a traditional marriage: between a man and a woman.
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.
Same-sex marriage is a major controversial issue in the United States; specific examples would be the views of Americans, pros and cons of same-sex marriage, and the reality of it in the United States. The views of Americans are extremely different from one another. The people of America have many different opinions about gay marriage. In 1996, 27 percent of United States citizens approved of legalizing gay marriage (Ford 20). A major reason certain Americans are against it is because of their belief in God.
Although, in the last couple of years, people have been fighting to legalize same-sex marriage federally. Throughout this last year and this year, several states have lifted the ban against same-sex marriage, and there are several more to come. This controversy is not an opinion; the freedom of marriage should be a right all people of the United States have. There has been an on going war throughout history between the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States. One of the first actions taken to promote gay marriages was, “In 1993, Hawaii’s Supreme Court was the first to rule that limiting marriage to heterosexuals was unconstitutional, though the state legislature later amended the state constitution to define marriage more clearly as a union between a man and a women ... [leading] a new trend in gay rights activism that Congress felt the need to come involved.” (Bronski).
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