“When Marcia Hams and Susan Shepherd cut into their wedding cake at city hall in Cambridge, Mass., on May 17, 2004, after becoming the first same-sex couple in the U.S. to complete a state-sanctioned marriage application, they probably hoped their union would open the floodgates for gay couples across the country. But instead, it became a high-water mark for same-sex marriage as the acrimonious debate over the issue raged on--a moment equaled only by a California Supreme Court's ruling in mid-May overturning the state's ban on gay marriage.” Marriage is the formal union of man and woman, typically recognized by law, by which they become husband and wife. This definition has been in place since man and woman have been on Earth. Same-sex marriage (also called gay marriage) is a legally or socially recognized marriage between two persons of the same biological sex or social gender. The similarities in both marriages are two people who are in love, are joining together as one. The difference is one marriage is man and woman. The other is two people of the same gender. Times have changed. The way we walk, dress, look, etc. We are more accepting of things. Even though the people of America are accepting, the government still feels strongly about what marriage stands for. They still believe that marriage is man and woman and that’s it. In other people minds, they think quite differently. As of August 2013, thirteen states have legalized gay marriage. These states include California, Connecticut, Iowa, and Massachusetts. These states legalized gay marriage by court decision. New Jersey will take effect in late October. States such as Delaware, Vermont, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, and Rhode Island made the decision through State legislation. Other states such as Maine, Washington, and Maryland made their decision through popular vote. In a total, there are fourteen states that have legalized gay marriage. Should gay marriage be legalized in all fifty states, should be the question. There are pros and cons to why it should and shouldn’t. A pro to why gay marriage should be legalized in all fifty states would be it denies people from the right of the first amendment. The first amendment states that, all people have the right to freedom, religion speech, right to petition, etc. This law also states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” If the law states that free exercise, then why is it not legalized in all fifty states? Back before our time, I would hear my parents talk about how people would hide if they were gay, or how it looked bad on your parents to think about acting gay. They would also tell me how people would get beat up for being a “gay” person friend. In our time now, it’s okay to be what you want. Some people may not accept it, but you don’t have hide like you did back then. Now, our generation is more accepting and not our generation, the world is more accepting. In a case there is Sarah Tim and Max. If same-sex marriage is forbidden, then Sarah and Tim can get married, but not Max. He is denied his right to marriage because of his choice of gender he wants to marry. This is an example
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…
to see the current example of this? The issue of gay marriage. A touchy subject by nature, this topic is one of the few issues that has been going on since perhaps the creation of man. On one side, you have the conservative, traditional group who despises the very idea of same sex marriage for many reasons. Against them we have those who welcome any sort of “taboo” way of life due to their interpretation of the constitution. The issue of gay marriage is a sensitive topic that causes us to challenge…
The impact of gay marriage on social welfare in Minnesota
Gay marriage has been an intense issue in the state of Minnesota for some years now and quite recently it has been legalized. Whether it is positive or negative depending on how an individual would view it, the citizens of Minnesota have to deal with it. Despite the fact that it has been accepted by law, there are still many people who are strongly opposed to it. However those in support cannot believe how far they have come in embracing…
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…