In the 21st century some religions and laws are still discriminating against them. Even though, the religions say to treat all equally, even if they sin. With the new laws being passed by the government, they are working to stop discrimination and give everyone equal rights and privileges of marriage. But, they still face problems from the people who believe one man and one woman should only be married. There will never be 100% of the people who agree with gay marriage.
This is only one of the main issues with same sex marriage laws and there are plenty of other reasons I will be explaining based on their religion, morals and beliefs. The first altercation I want to talk about is how religion causes lots of controversy over same sex marriage. Most people’s religion has problems against same sex marriage. First they believe in their religion by Gods will that it is immoral to have a marriage of the same sex and saying that it wasn’t what he intended to create. Second in another person’s religion they believe in heterosexual (opposite sex) marriage stating that you cannot get married unless it’s of the opposite gender.
Therefore, homosexuals should have the same freedom of marriage heterosexuals have. In the article, Backlash the topic on religion vs. same sex marriage comes up. “The same sex marriage debate reveals some fundamental splits in the religious community.” (Gatehouse,5) As a society, I believe we should work together to build a culture and set of public policies that honor marriage and include all. There should be no discrimination against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community, a culture founded from oppression, yet we don't have acceptance for them. As of 2014, 54% of Americans agreed that same-sex marriage should be legal.
Our country has decided by passing the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 1996 that two people of the same gender cannot get married. By taking away this basic civil right, America has defied what our Founding Fathers based our country one, freedom. Homosexuals are allowed to speak freely, to bear arms, to have privacy, to b... ... middle of paper ... ...worst everyday social problem for the openly gay person on a daily basis. Many people would not hire a gay person based on the thought that he can interrupt office peace or cause many problems and tensions between the people that work there. The way most of our society views sexuality is that anything aside from being heterosexual is wrong.
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.
Theres the side that doesn't approve for religious reasons, and a side supports same sex marriage whether gay or straight. But the people who claim they are so religious stand back and fight against it while judging homosexuals for there lifestyle; When it says in the bible “Thou Shall not judge”. They claim they are doing right by supporting what they believe in when they are breaking the commandments they preach. It’s a big debate, but everyone deserves equality and the freedom to marry whom they chose, no matter the gender. Sherman Stein is a former mathematics professor at the University of California, Dav... ... middle of paper ... ...tically in the past 20 years.
This is just a few to the many inequalities that homosexuals face in everyday life. The constitution guarantees the right to free speech and the right to pursue happiness to everyone, although homosexuals do not get to live their life by their choice. Most Americans will claim that they are in favor of equal rights for homosexuals. They will all say that gays should have the same rights in housing, jobs, and public accommodations and they should have equal access to government benefits and equal protection of the law. The average American thinks that homosexuals deserve all the rights that heterosexuals, but gay marriage is dead wrong.
In the aforementioned case, the Supreme Court ruled that marriage is "one of the basic civil rights of man...[and is] essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness" (Stoddard 413). Despite this decision that has been standing for more than thirty years that clearly states that marriage is a basic civil right, there has been widespread controversy about same sex marriage. The opposition to this basic right has been met by opposition with weak arguments such as: Citing Judeo/Christian legend saying that homosexuality is wrong; saying that since same sex couples could not reproduce, they should not be allowed to marry; the term "same sex marriage" is a contradiction in terms because the word "marriage" implies the union of a man and a woman. Amongst others, these are the fleeting arguments against same sex marriage. These are attempts of people who are trying to maintain a heterosexual supremacy, the very same ideal of "white supremacy" that the Supreme Court ruled was unconstitutional in 1967.
Same sex marriage is a big issue not only in the US but in the whole world. Recently, more and more countries started legalizing same sex marriage, but it’s not even close to being legalized and accepted everywhere. People have their own reasons for not supporting it. One of the reasons is religion: “Being gay is against god and we can’t support that.” Others say it’s not natural. And some others are just ignorant and don’t know anything about it.
A reason why the Vermont same-sex union battle received so much nation press is because legislators were responding to a court order, while some ended up losing their jobs to same-sex unions. Religious, government, and social groups have debated this issue and it is taking a long time for it to be resolved. Same-sex marriage has some very distinct facts and values important to one's religion, morals, or even what his or her family thinks of the gay lifestyle. Many Mormons oppose gay marriage because they believe offends everything religion stands for. Also, making love to another man betrays everything that is masculine and that people fear that gay people might recruit straight people to the gay lifestyle.