March 26, 2014
Because Marriage Matters
Webster’s Dictionary defines marriage as: 1) the relationship that exists between a husband and a wife; a similar relationship between people of the same sex; a ceremony in which two people are married to each other. The full definition that Webster lists is: (1) 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 (2): the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage. Marriage equality is an issue that is loaded with intense emotions, both in those who oppose gay marriage, and in those who are working so diligently for equality. Marriage is a civil right and same-sex marriages should receive the same protections given to heterosexual couples.
The concept of marriage being defined as one man and one woman is historically inaccurate. “Given the prevalence of modern and ancient examples of family arrangements based on polygamy, communal child-rearing, the use of concubines and mistresses and the commonality of prostitution, heterosexual monogamy can be considered “unnatural” in evolutionary terms” (Hollingsworth vs. Perry). The institution of marriage is a constantly evolving process; prior to 1967, interracial marriage was illegal. In 1974, the U.S. Supreme Court stated that the “freedom of personal choice in matters of marriage and family life is one of the liberties protected by the Due Process Clause.”
Opponents of marriage equality and those who base their viewpoint on religion have stated that the reason for marriage is to reproduce and bear children. However, if that’s the case, then shouldn’t infertile couples or couples who chose not to have children be banned from marriage also? There was a study done by the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and they found that: Same-sex couples are raising children in at least 96% of all...
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