Same Sex Marriages
From the day we are born to the day that we die the one thing EVERYONE is looking for is that one person that they could spend the rest of their lives with. Each person dreams about their one true love, someone they can marry, have a family with and live happily ever after. We were all taught this at a very young age watching the adults around us, and Disney movies about finding our prince charming, but what if you fall in love with someone you never expected? What if it was even someone of the same sex? In the state of Texas gay marriage is illegal and we need to change this.
According to “Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?” as of, “March 1, 2012 eight states (Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Washington, Maryland and the District of Columbia) all legalized gay marriages, but 30 different states have constitutional amendments banning gay marriages in their state. And world wide 10 out of 194 countries allow gay marriages”(ProCon1) The nation is growing and opening up to new things we need to innovate and make things right. Gay marriage is one thing that is inevitable to happen, as a large powerful state we need to stand up and take charge, helping the United States become a greater nation. The United States has been referred to as the “melting pot” because we have so many different people, we need to embrace that and accept each person the way they are and legally allow them to be who they choose.
The following essay is compromised into four sections- Research, Argument, Proposal and the Conclusion. Respectively, these sections provide the history of same sex marriage and the benefits it could have on each individual state, an argument on the necessity of legalizing gay marriage and a proposal outlining my plan for advocating gay marriage and a final overview of the essays constituents.
The article “Gay Marriage Goes Way Back”, states that this isn’t something that just started, “Civil unions between male couples existed around 600 years ago in medieval Europe… [There were contracts where] the ‘brothers’ pledged to live together sharing… all of the couple’s goods became joint property”(Bryner1). This proves that the relationship these “brothers” had was similar to a marriage since the “what’s mine is yours” applies to them. According to “Same-Sex Marriage Timeline”, there hadn’t been much controversy regarding gays until, “1970s, same-sex couples begin fighting for the legal right to marry”(ProQuest staff). This started to occur because of the police raids occurring in the known gay communities. Many court cases happened leading to September 21,1996 when, “The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is signed by President Bill Clinton. In addition to banning federal recognition of same sex marriage, it upholds the right of every state to decide whether to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states”(ProQuest staff). DOMA basically defines marriage as a legal union between a man and women at the federal level, but Clinton also let the states make their own decision on the issue by still allowing it.
However, according to “Same-sex marriage, Civil Unions, and Domestic Partners” right now the majority of people in the United states are not against gay marriage, “A New York Times/CBS News poll conducted in February 2012 found that 40 percent of respondents supported same-sex marriage, while 23 percent supported civil unions for gay couples and 31 percent said there should be no legal recognition of a gay couple’s relationship.” And our current president Obama argued that, “He opposes same-sex marriage as a Christian but describes himself as a ‘fierce advocate of equality’ for gay men and lesbians”(New York Times). In conclusion the main political stance on this issue still remains up in the air, although Obama leans more toward the acceptance of this issue.
It has been said that each state that starts supporting gay...
Cited: Lopez, Ricardo. New Tune for Gay Marriage Fight. Los Angeles Times. (2012). SIRS. 22 April 2012.
ProQuest staff. (2012). Same-Sex Marriage Timleline. SIRS. 22 April 2012.
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