Marriage Equality It’s something people have been debating for years now, and yet there has been no clear-cut and overall agreement throughout the United States. Traditionally in this country, marriage has been defined as a religious and legitimate pledge between a man and woman. According to Andrew Sullivan, “Marriage provides the ultimate form of acceptance for, personal, intimate relationships in our society, and gives those who marry an insider status of the most powerful kind” (Same-Sex Marriage 122-123). Homosexual relationships are gradually gaining acceptance in this country, some states have made marriage legal. Support of gay marriage has also been on the rise and something that has helped that is celebrities that have decided to admit their homosexuality. With so much support more and more government officials have come face to face with the debate and have given it a second thought. On the other hand though as much support as there is there also is strong hate for the idea from many religious groups and other groups of people that believe in the purity of marriage. Inequality should not be an issue in the United States and everyone including homosexuals should be allowed to express their love and get married like everyone else. When it comes to gay marriage it is safe to say that throughout the United States it is a topic that is very debated on. There are plenty of states that believe there is no harm and that decision is come to by vote of the people in that state. Throughout the United States same-sex marriage was banned sometime in the early 2000’s. It was until 2008 that California decided to change things up and became the first state to allow same-sex marriage, although it was only briefly it was a feat that was gladly reached. Then from 2008 to 2013 fourteen states have legalized same sex marriage, some of those states include, Washington D.C., New York and California. Along with those fourteen states there are two states that have no law permitting or banning same-sex marriage, those two states are New Mexico and New Jersey. New Jersey has recently been in the news because of a decision that will be reached on the topic, as of right now the Governor and Superior Court Judge has decided that the state will allow same-sex couples to marry. Legal deputy Hayley Gorenberg expressed her emotions by saying, “This news is thrilling. We argued that limiting lesbians and gay men to civil union is unfair and unconstitutional and the court has agreed”. With all of these states changing their ways it has opened the door to conversations in other states and it is a subject that is constantly in the news and getting attention. Even though some states have expressed that they never plan to allow same-sex marriage there is hope that just enough states will change their mind. Hopefully it will become a new standard of accepting people for who they are and whom they love. One thing that has completely changed many peoples view on the subject of same-sex marriage is the support it gets by certain people. One group of people that may have the biggest influence on how other people think is celebrities; there have been a number of celebrities that have expressed their support. Some celebrities that have shown their support include Beyoncé, Jay Z, Brad Pitt and Pink. One celebrity though that has done more than support it has completely changed people’s opinions and became the first person to come out on a sitcom on national television. That person is Ellen DeGeneres; you may know her from some of her comedy or her participation in some popular big screen pictures. But before all that she was a self-built comedian that was given her own sitcom and made her own decision to come out on the show. She made the decision because she was tired of hiding whom she was and although she was instantly condemned by select fans many people stuck with her. She became very well known for what she did and many people sent her letters
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…
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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…