Gay Marriage Research Paper

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In recent years, the debate over gay marriage has grown from an issue that occasionally arose in a few states to a nationwide controversy. People have opposing viewpoints on whether gays should be allowed to marry or not, and the sub topics that coincide with gay marriage. People wonder if it is okay for gays to marry, and if so, should it be legal everywhere? In the United States I 2009, some states like Iowa, Vermont, and Connecticut allow gays to marry, while states like California, Florida, and Arizona have constitutions that prohibit same-sex marriages. "Most supporters of same-sex marriage contend that gay and lesbian couples should be treated no differently than their heterosexual counterparts and that they should be able to …show more content…
7). Many benefits come with a marriage. Some of those benefits include "tax filing status, joint ownership of property, insurance benefits" (Messerli, par. 3), and children. Without marriage, gays will be unable to have some of these benefits that many other married couples have. "For example, if one member of a gay couple that has been together for 20 years gets critically ill, visitation may not even be allowed since the other isn't considered a 'spouse or immediate family member'" (Messerli, par. 3). Children, on the other hand, is a bit different. Even though someone does not have to be married to have a child, how come people think gays should not be allowed to? If a sixteen year old girl can raise a kid, then, a gay couple can too. Some people think that only heterosexual couples should have kids, and that "marriage [is] only for the procreation of children and that homosexuals cannot biologically fulfill this function" (Blair, 305). Technically, gays could procreate and have biological children, but they would have to use surrogacy. Some people also think that a child being raised by two parents of the same gender will not turn out to be "normal", but there are plenty of different aspects that could affect the way a child will turn out to be like. "The number of child adoptions should increase since gay couples cannot pro-create" (Messerli, par. 8). With more gay marriages, there will be a larger

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