SSM Policy Paper 2

Submitted By JCamel1993
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Pages: 3

Policy Paper #1: Same Sex Marriage The rights of same-sex couples, particularly the legalization of same-sex marriage, have been closely reviewed on many different levels of government. Those who are Pro same-sex marriage feel that it is mainly due to the following reasons: Banning same sex-marriage creates a negative stigma for those involved, same-sex couples have the right to celebrate their union, they should be granted the same benefits as heterosexual couples via marriage, marriage is now seen as a secular institution, and the Constitution protects same-sex marriage. The first point in support of same-sex marriage is that inequality of not only individual status, but as financial means as well, is created if marriage is denied between same sexes, also this could classify as minority discrimination. Social norms that have developed over the years can attribute to what is considered “normal” in today’s world. Many believe that marriage ceremonies in particular are an important part to supporting same-sex marriage. Coming together in unity is thought to be a right by most, and marriage provides an expressed symbolism ones commitment to one another. Those who support same-sex marriage also believe that these couples should be able to receive the same benefits as heterosexual couples. In fact, many same-sex couples claim that among the top reasons for getting married was for financial stability (Hull, 2003). Many couples show their concern for other joint rights such as health care visitation and decision making, and insurance policies (Hull, 2003). Aside from this, the right for same-sex couples to marry may even be protected in the United States Constitution. The Fourteenth Amendment also states that no one may be “…deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law”. According to the Constitution, U.S. citizens maintain freedoms of religion, press, and expression. Which in denying anyone of marriage is seen as a violation of American’s rights,
My last point is that marriage is no longer a purely religious institution. Many and most of those who marry not only end in divorce which defies most laws of religion but do not keep the many religious traditions normally upheld within marriage. Which propels the points even further of same sex marriage practice. Most who work against same sex marriage equate this to a religious practice and preach of its immorality and constitutes for sin. However in today’s society, ideas and traditions change more rapidly now than ever. The nature and specifics of marriage have changed. It is no longer strictly a religious institution, as many non-religious individuals are allowed