Gay Marriages Essay

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Gay Marriages

Growing up in a heterosexual neighborhood, gay couples were not something that you came across every day as you do in today’s time. At the age of 22, Dawn was introduced to her first gay couple, Mike and Thomas. They were friends of her husband. She had never known a gay couple before or even a gay person. It was extremely strange and uncomfortable for Dawn to be in the presence of two gay men. It was nothing out of the ordinary at first. To Dawn, it was just like two men living together as roommates until they kissed. Dawn felt like she was invading on their privacy as she sat and watched them kiss. She quickly turned her head so she would not be intruding. Now, Dawn is extremely close to Mike and Thomas. She claims
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Heterosexuals who have been living together for a specific years can be declared to have a ‘common law’ marriage. Common law marriages are not honored to homosexuals who fall under the same situation. The first efforts to secure state recognition of homosexual relationships in the United States occurred in the 1970s (D’ Emilio). Ministers of the Metropolitan Community Church, organized in 1968, had begun performing wedding for their members. The Metropolitan Community Church is a church for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer spiritual community grounded in the Christian tradition, affirming and exploring many paths to God. It is the first “gay church” in the United States that will thrive and found branches in many other U.S. cities (Kranz and Cusick). The August 1970 issue of The Advocate proclaimed that America was experiencing a “gay marriage boom.”

During the early 1970s, close to a dozen homosexual couples across the country applied at their local city clerk’s office, which they were denied. Lawsuits were filed by three couples because of the state’s refusal to issue a marriage license to them. By the mid-1970s, several same-sex couples had tried to force a state to recognize them as married but none had succeeded. Between the mid-1970s and 1987, no further gay male or lesbian couples in the United States appear to have requested a marriage license or filed a

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