State Attorney General Kathleen Kane has also announced that she will not defend Pennsylvania's same-sex marriage ban because of what she believes is "the unconstitutionality of this law." Marriage is a uniquely important institution. Despite all the changes in society, the commitment of two people to each other is still seen as special. As of 2014, 21.2% of adopted children are taken in by same-sex couples. Regardless of sexuality, marriage and adoption should be open to everyone.
Same sex marriage is the new topic for the 20th century. Gay marriage is not a liberal or conservative issue, but an issue of enforcing the US Constitution's guarantee of equal protection and due process to all Americans. Just like skin color, sexual orientation is an immutable characteristic, so the gay minority must be protected from discrimination just as racial minorities are protected. Accordingly, the constitutional right to marry cannot be subject to a majority vote. The Constitution does guarantee freedom of religion for those who see homosexuality as inconsistent with their religion, but it also states that religious beliefs cannot be the basis for anti-gay rights legislation.
Yet, as we can see here, the opinion of the federal government is that these state-based bans are unconstitutional. Therefore, states should no longer be able to discriminate against citizens in this way.. A final and swift decision on same sex marriage should be left up to the federal government. Individual states cannot be left to discriminate against citizens. States can no longer be allowed to violate the constitution and use religion to violate someone's rights. Likewise, a decision through the national government is the only way to ensure that treatment of individuals in every state, not to take away from the sovereignty of the states, but to increase the sovereignty of the individual.
Being against same-sex marriage is equivalent to not believing in our natural rights in the constitution. Our government has the power of marriage, even if the marriage takes place somewhere other than the white house, it is only official with a marriage license issued by the state Any restrictions on gay marriage is discrimination exactly like the discrimination against colored people. Although America believes majority rules, the minority should also be protected. The “Defense of Marriage Act” of 1996 which denies federal same-sex marriage has been ruled unconstitutional. The act not only violated the 14th amendment but also couples marriage benefits including hospital visitation during an illness, taxation and inheritance rights, access to family health coverage, and protection in the event of divorce.
Although same-sex marriage violates religious beliefs, same-sex marriage should be federally legalized because same-sex marriage doesn 't disturb heterosexual marriages, denying same-sex marriages is a violation of civil rights, and marriage is truly about love and commitment. First, some people say that same-sex marriage affects the sacredness of their marriage, but the sexual orientation of the couple has no bearing on the sanctity of
How can denying two people of the same sex the right to have a marriage be considered constitutional? Why is our country taking away rights of people because they want to be with someone of the same gender? Gay and lesbian couples have been denied their right to marry for some time now. Same-sex couples should be allowed to express and celebrate their commitment to a partner the same way a heterosexual couple does, as well as obtain the same benefits. Our country is not a Theocracy, we have separation of church and state, therefore the government cannot press biblical or church will on citizens.
People opposing gay marriage say, “We must protect traditional marriage and the traditional family.” Matthew McTighe of the Mainers United for Marriage debates responds by saying, “Prote... ... middle of paper ... ...g and legalizing gay marriage. By not accepting gay marriage is discriminating gay people, they should have the same rights as everyone else does. What people don’t understand is it's not a choice to be gay. You don't chose who you love, you just do. You are born gay; you can’t choose to be gay.
There are many reasons why gay marriage should be legal. One reason would be that there is supposed to be a separation of church and state. This means that our government cannot let the Bible or religious figures influence whether or not gay couples should have the right to get married. My second reason is that everyone has the same rights to equality and being treated equal. That is what the whole civil war was about.
Furthermore, it should be legal across the world. Gender should not play a role in marriage because gender is irrelevant when it comes to being in love. If it was legalized, same-sex couples would be able to publicly display their commitment to each other, have the same benefits as heterosexual couples, stop being referred to as inferior, create more revenue for the government, and it will also help the gay, lesbian, and bi-sexual people’s physical and mental health. “If anybody can find someone to love them and to help them through this difficult thing called life, I support that in any shape or form,” (Will Smith).
Marriage is something that will assure equality and rights – all people have according to our Constitution. The constitution specifically says that the government cannot make laws based on religious factors, and the fact that gay couples cannot marry even though they love and have needs the same way straight couples do is hypocritical of that First Amendment right. Church and state should be completely separate. Church laws and morals are unrealistic in today’s society. It is 2011, not the 1940’s.