“Marriage (noun): the social institution under which a man and woman establish their decision to live as husband and wife by legal commitments; a similar institution involving partners of the same gender.” On dictionary.com there are multiple definitions of the word ‘marriage’ and they all have corresponding interpretations. Each one states marriage is an institution involving two people in love; the gender of the two is not clarified apart from only one definition given. The lack of gender specification, however, is quite beneficial when discussing views in favor of marriage rights for gay men and women. Marriage rights for same sex couples in America is a very serious subject that has done nothing but intensify over the years. The debate over the constitutionality of equal marriage rights for gay men and women has also done nothing but accelerate. However, despite such controversies that have been occurring for decades, the issue is slowly starting to positively progress. Same sex marriage is now recognized by a small number of states across the US, but still not by the federal government. The struggle gay men and women have endured over the years needs to be acknowledged. They are living their lives without the ability to obtain the rights the majority of Americans take for granted and have yet to appreciate. A great percentage of those unappreciative Americans have broadcasted their views and beliefs on the topic at hand and have also, consequently, been influential in the illogical reasoning as to why same sex marriage is still prohibited. Such people are the opponents of same sex marriage and are blind with ignorance; their list as to why same sex couples should not be married is unintelligible and can easily be contradicted. Granted, there are those who contest due to religious reasons, which has to be understood, but that does not excuse the federal government and those with any form of political supremacy. After all, the First Amendment to the United States Constitution clearly states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” (Anderson 1421). The lack of equality in our judicial system discriminating against same sex couples is ghastly and there is an overabundance of court cases whose verdicts are nothing but unjust to support this claim. Every human being has the right to his or her own outlook, which should be respected and cherished; however, one’s views should never influence another’s independence. The fight for same sex marriage rights has been transpiring for decades and has been gradually improving. In the past thirty years the progress made by gay rights activists has been vastly significant in comparison to the previous manner in which gay men and women were treated and the conditions they had to succumb to. Over the years they had to tolerate immense amounts of hatred, they had to suffer through unimaginable discrimination from their own friends and family, they had to bear being blamed for the AIDS epidemic, and they had to abide by the numerous new laws being constructed that only suffocated their individuality even further. Gay men and women may possess a modest amount of privileges, more or less due to the irrationality of the federal government, but they fought long and hard for every right they currently have through rigorous protests and meticulous,
Ask just about anyone. They will all tell you they're in favor of equal rights for homosexuals. Just name the situation, and ask. They will all say, yes, gays should have the same rights in housing, jobs, public accommodations, and should have equal access to government benefits, equal protection of the law, etcetera, and etcetera. Nearly seventy percent of people in the U.S. oppose gay marriage, almost the same proportion as are otherwise supportive of gay rights.…
Straightforward : How to Mobilize Heterosexual Support for Gay Rights
by Ian Ayres, Jennifer Gerarda Brown
Every gay man and lesbian in America has at least two heterosexual allies willing to actively support their struggle for equality, hypothesize husband-and-wife law professors Ayres (Yale, and also a Forbes columnist) and Brown (Quinnipiac College). They argue that the hetero ally total is something like 20 million-all of whom would actively welcome "pragmatic advice" on how they can support…
English 1301-RVS 8133
20 February 2013
“Should the Federal Government define marriage as a union between a man and a woman?”
The Federal Government should not define marriage as a union between a man and woman only. If the Federal Government amends the constitution to define marriage as only a union between a man and a woman it will be violating the Civil Rights of gay citizens. “Civil rights" are the rights of individuals to receive…
Pro’ Gay Marriage
There are many ways to describe marriage. There are legal definitions, biblical definitions, and personal definitions. Which one is the right definition? The decision of which definition is the right one depends on where you live and what you believe. There are many different types of unions that can be viewed as marriages. Comparing these different relationships gives insight to how relationships are formed and joined. Although marriage is just a civil union in the eyes of the…
The Fight for Same-Sex Marriage
Same-sex marriage is one of the most pressing issues facing state governments in America today. It polarizes people all over the country mainly because it touches not only on a political level, but also on a moral level. In a society where all men are created equal the question is why there are inequalities between people due to their choice of sexuality. It would be beneficial for state governments, not only economically, but also socially to make…
Gay Marriage in the United States has been a contentious issue for the last twenty or so years. Many people view being gay as a new phenomenon or socially constructed unit; but the origins of homosexuality extend as far back as the history of people. With the emergence of bullying as a huge barrier to adolescent development as well as teen suicide; homosexuality has taken the burden of the blame for these occurrences. The rights for gays and gay marriage are a national issue…
Thesis:Gay marriage has been a recent source of conflict for many people world wide. 1.The debate over sex marriage has been a big issue in our society for many years, whether or not gay marriage should be legalized.
2. Those people who get involved in this debate are mainly the religious community and the gay community .
B.Countries such as UK and America started approving of gay marriage in 2000.
1.Homosexuals have been fighting for gay marriage to be legalized for many…
Is it gay marriage or “should I say just same-sex couples?” These words gay and marriage just do not match well together in my opinion. The joining of these words “gay marriage” is just a new vocabulary that same-sex couples have brought as an idea to define and legalize their relationships. It is a concept that many people and I just consider not acceptable. Actually, it is to mislead the real meaning of marriage.
Some 150 years of systematic inquiry by…
Marriage of Equal’s?
Many people are for and many people oppose same sex marriage. It is not religious some say and others other say it violates freedom of speech. Is it right or is it wrong, is really the big question that causes so much controversy.
Those that are for the issue of gay marriage believe that everyone should be treated the same and everyone should have the right to marry the one that they fall in love with. They should have the same rights with their partner as a heterosexual…
The issue of gay marriage has been stirring controversy among the nation for some years. Previously considered a taboo subject and only discussed within the gay community, the issue of gay marriage has made it to the forefront of national headlines. Many states are currently allowing the issue to be decided on by the voters. However, the gay community still faces some obstacles in their fight for equality. While the issue of gay marriages is gaining more acceptances, homosexual couples who choose…