In recent years, the issue of same-gender marriage has come to the front position. The California Supreme Court ruled that prohibiting same-gender marriage violates the state constitution and same-gender couples can now marry in the state. However, Proposition 8 has overturned that ruling. A middle ground of sorts has been adopted in some states called “civil unions”, which essentially stops short of being completely married, but gives many of the civil benefits of marriage. Same-gender marriages will not hinder children in their up-bringing, but only nurture and provide the proper care as any parent would. Same-gender marriages should be recognized in state because there is a separation between church and state and all men and women are created equal. Opponents of same-gender marriage argue that Proposition 8 was overturned because most Americans thought “though homosexuals may believe that they are merely seeking a small expansion of the definition of marriage, the majority of Americans perceive this change as a radical deconstruction of the institution” (Schiffren 192). They argue that with the legalization of same-gender marriage it will destroy the institution of marriage. It is believed that by recognizing civil unions among those who are gay is “a radical redefinition of society’s most fundamental institution” (Schiffren 192). They believe that by recognizing same-gender marriage as a civil union it will require reconstructing the definition of marriage. Proposition 8 prevents same-gender marriages to be recognized in state which prevents gay couples from earning the full benefits that would be earned in a civil union. However, legalization of same-gender marriage will not destroy the institution of marriage. The definition of marriage has been modified throughout history. For centuries, “marriage was by definition a contract in which the wife was her husband’s legal property then later the definition was modified to where marriage...
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