Same Sex Marriage in America

Topics: Same-sex marriage, Marriage, Homosexuality Pages: 2 (637 words) Published: January 8, 2013
Same Sex Marriage in America
The idea of partners of the same sex isn’t really taboo anymore. But, the idea of same sex marriage, different story entirely. The much debated topic is very controversial, and may be a top deciding factor in the upcoming presidential election. For same sex marriage or against it? I am all for same sex marriages.

In the mid-1980s, few Americans had ever heard of the idea of gay marriage. Those who had been paying close attention might have remembered a trio of cases in the early 1970s in which gay partners had gone to court to seek the right to marry. In Baker v. Nelson in Minnesota in 1971, Anonymous v. Anonymous in New York in 1971, and in Jones v. Hallahan in Kentucky in 1973, the courts upheld the traditional concept of marriage as between one man and one woman. The idea of gay marriage at that point had no legal traction. Well, in today’s world we cannot say the same. It isn’t 1970 anymore. We live in a different world. One may argue ‘tradition’ or that allowing same sex marriage makes traditional marriage meaningless. The fact of the matter is, if you are traditionally married and same sex marriage becomes nationally recognized your marriage will only mean less because you make it so. Why wouldn’t traditional marriage mean more with same sex marriage recognized nationwide? The rights of traditionally married people aren’t changing. Bottom line: the tradition of one man one woman joined in matrimony is not actually threatened by same sex marriage, but rather an individual is threatened by change. In addition, legalizing same sex marriage would be hugely beneficial from an economic standpoint. An analysis by the New York City comptroller’s office has concluded that the state’s economy would gain up to $210 million over the next three years if same-sex marriage becomes legal. The Williams Institute at UCLA Law School estimated the positive economic impact of legalizing gay marriage in New Jersey to be $248 million over three...
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