Gay Marriage Is Not The Only Issue Involving Marriage

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Divorce is not the only issue involving marriage in America. There are still reservations about same sex couples being given the privilege to marry each other. With American morality, values, religion, and culture being questioned, this is one of the heaviest debates of our time. America was founded on the belief of freedom for all, and the gender of your partner should not matter. A question that some may ask is, what exactly is gay marriage? Gay marriage or same-sex marriage is the legal and social recognition that a joining (marriage) between two persons of the same social gender or biological sex takes place (Quick). As of February 9, 2015, gay marriage has been legalized in 37 American states and the district of Columbia(Marriage). While the remaining states have gay marriage bans through laws, constitutional amendments, or both. Proponents argue that same-sex couples ought to have access to the same marriage benefits and public acceptance enjoyed by heterosexual couples, and that prohibiting gay marriage is unconstitutional discrimination. Opponents argue that altering the traditional definition of marriage between a man and a woman will further weaken a threatened institution. They believe that legalizing gay marriage is a slippery slope that will lead to polygamous relationships. Gay marriage has come a long way from the 1980 's when only few Americans ever thought of marrying someone of the same sex(Wood). Same-sex couples have a history of fighting for their

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