Gay Marriage in America Everyone believes they should have the same rights as everyone else. Unfortunately that’s far from the truth. Gay marriage has been a battling debate for an outstanding amount long time. Arguments against gay marriage have been that it is unmoral, it isn’t traditional, or the main one is that it’s against many religions. Homosexuals are at an unfair disadvantage, mainly because of their sexuality.
Discrimination Not allowing homosexuals to marry lets the public state that they don't have the same rights as us. This shows society that discriminating against homosexuals is alright, when in fact it's not. Not allowing homosexuals to marry is actually "unconstitutional under both the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses" (ProCon). Many organizations have been created in support of gay rights, but they are still receiving hate from many other organizations including big companies like Chick-fil-A. Think back to the Chick-fil-a incident in 2012, "Elected officials have urged Chick-fil-a to stay out of their cites, the Jim Henson company has severed ties, and gay rights groups are organizing national protests" (Shapiro).
Marriage: n. The uniting of a man and woman as husband and wife (Webster’s Standard Dictionary 178). Up until the 1970‘s, homosexuals were highly looked down upon and could not come out about their sexual feelings for fear of undergoing abuse socially. Presently, same-sex marriage has caused the unity of two people to become a far more complicated, constitutionally and politically questioned issue than once imagined. Same-Sex Marriage: A Brief Background If marriage is defined as the union of a man and a woman, then it becomes severely difficult for a man and another man to marry, or two women. The first state to allow same-sex marriage, Massachusetts, had a large impact on homosexuals in America.
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).
Leaders punish their own citizens by jail, or even death, for being gay. In the United States, however, many states allow gay marriage. Some people approve of it, but also, some do not. Society also plays a big part in the gay marriage legalization process. 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.
Same-Sex marriage is now legal in 17 states either by the court decision, the state legislature, or the popular vote (17 Legal). Although public attitudes toward same-sex marriage and homosexuality in general have become more accepting in the recent years, a sizeable segment of the U.S. population still views limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples as both a good public policy and morally right (Gay Marriage). The act of same-sex marriage has been banned in 33 states either by Constitutional Amendment and State laws (17 Legal). Although, same-sex marriages are still being rejected by more than half of the United States, the gay community still expresses optimism on obtaining freedom and equality on marriage. The gay community has been fighting a constant battle for their gay rights and marriage equality.
Thi... ... middle of paper ... ...e not in understanding of this research. Maybe one day everyone will realize that there are many predispositions in people, and homosexuality is one of them. Works Cited Boyd, Danah. “Bullying as True Drama.” New York Times 23 Sept. 2011: 35. EBSCO.