Essay about Gay Marriage Does NOT Destroy Traditional Marriage

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What is marriage? Marriage is defined as the legal union of a man and a woman. According to Psychology Today, marriage is the process by which two people who love each other make their relationship public, official, and permanent. While given the definition of marriage and most of society making same sex marriage nearly impossible; Psychology Today recognizes that “any” two people who love each other can come together and be united. In 1970, in Minnesota, the first gay couple to apply for a marriage license in the U.S. was Jack Baker and Michael McConnell and they were not allowed to marry. However, on May 2013 Minnesota finally legalized same sex marriage and the law would be effective starting August 2013. They had to wait over 40 years…show more content…
Some may say that same sex marriage is weakening traditional marriage and some say that same sex marriage has no bearing on marriage at all. Traditionally, there is a man and a woman who gets married and that is the American tradition but is this same sex marriage hurting traditional marriage? Many believe that traditional marriages are weakened by same sex marriages. The traditional marriages in today’s society are already weakened on its own. According to Cohn, “In 2011, the Pew Research Center found that 51 percent of Americans in 2010 were married, compared to 72 percent in 1960” (Cohn, “Marriage Rates Decline and Marriage Age Rises”). It seems as though marriage is slowly but surely declining as the year’s progress. In the previous years, marriage seemed to be more important as well as more occurring. The marriages in our society just do not seem to last long. On the other hand, the marriages in the past seem to have existed longer and have been stronger than those marriages of today. Same sex marriage is still nonexistent in many states. The majority of the U.S. are not legalizing same sex marriage. The fact that same sex marriages are still not legal we ask how it has any bearing on traditional marriages. According to Kevin Chern from the Huffington Post, “the cause of the divorce rates decline depends on whom you ask, but theories abound: the recession, women moving more
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