Legalization of Same Sex Marriage
Should same sex marriage be legalized? In the United States, marriage has traditionally been defined as a religious and legal commitment between a man and woman or the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law. However, it may also be defined as the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law. The definition of marriage may be politically defined by which state you live. Currently, thirty-one states and the District of Columbia have legalized same sex marriages. Nineteen states have gay marriage bans through either laws or constitutional amendments or both. The issue is should same sex marriage be legalized?
Those who are proponents for same sex marriage argue that all couples should have the same marriage benefits such as joint ownership and medical decision-making capacity. Same-sex couples should be eligible to sign up for a wide range of tax, health insurance, and other benefits offered to same-sex married couples. When two people love each other they should be allowed to be married. Homosexuality is a widely accepted lifestyle, and evidence strongly supports that sexual orientation is an inborn combination of genetic and environmental factors that largely decide a person's sexual attractions before they are born. Denying these marriages is minority discrimination. The main reason for denying marriage to gay couples is that all major religions consider homosexuality a sin; however, the First Amendment of the Constitution clearly states that a person's religious views or lack thereof must be protected. Not allowing same sex marriages is a violation of religious freedom.
Opponents argue homosexuality is a sin. Allowing same sex marriages weakens the definition and respect for the institution of marriage. It also weakens traditional family values essential...
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