The Same Sex Marriage Debate

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The Same Sex Marriage Debate The controversial debate over whether same sex marriage should be legalized has gained a lot of attention in recent years and there are strong arguments for each side of the issue. There are many different factors that must be looked at when considering same-sex marriage. A marriage is not something that is just slapped on a piece of paper to show a couple's love; it involves legal, social, economic, and spiritual issues. Throughout this essay, I intend to focus on all of the issues just mentioned, and how all of these issues are interrelated in some way, shape or form. I will also pay attention to the state influence on marriage, how one state's decision affects another state's actions, and last how the legislation and courts deal with same sex marriage. While I am strongly against the marriage of individuals from the same sex for political, social, and personal reasons, I will be sure to include the pros and cons of each argument. There have been a few states or towns that have allowed same sex marriage to take place, but in each of these cases a court later found the licenses granted to gay couples unconstitutional due to the Federal Defense of Marriage Act that was enacted in 1996. Soon afterwards, thirty-eight states followed with similar legislation. The act serves two purposes; first, it makes the "full faith and credit" clause null and void in regards to same sex marriage. Second, it puts in writing what has been understood under federal law for over 200 years: marriage is the legal union of a man and a woman as husband and wife, and a spouse is a husband or wife of the opposite sex. Many of the religions practiced in America established marriage as a sacred institution since the be... ... middle of paper ... ...lature and the courts, as mentioned in Banks vs. Banks. I will support a constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriages, unfortunately I believe that in the long run the gay community will gain more and more support for their cause, just as other minorities have in the past. Works Citied "Gay Couples Get Marriage Licenses." The Advocate Report. 3 March 2004. Issue 911. Gay and Lesbian Information. 3 March 2004. "Marry Me and Save." Money Talks. 30 March 2004. Simon, Rita J. and Howard Alstein. Global Perspectives on Social Issues. Pp 13-19 Maryland: Lexington Books, 2003. Staver, Mathew. "Georgia Appeals Court Rejects Same-Sex Marriage." National Liberty Journal. March 2002. 13 April 14, 2004. nlj0302.htm.

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