Marriage Discrimination: Ending Soon

1120 Words Jun 25th, 2018 5 Pages
Same-sex marriage is defined as a union between two people who are of the same gender or biological sex. And marriage equality refers to giving equal treatment to same-sex marriage as compared to heterosexual marriage. Due to the varying definitions of marriage, this topic carries with it a large amount of controversy. In her literary piece, “Marriage just lets the state back in”, Kerry Howley opposes the claim that the efforts to legalize same-sex marriage are of any use whatsoever and supports her claim by emphasizing that GLBT people should not have to wait for public opinion or government’s approval for establishing or continuing their relationships. On the other hand, in his article “What are we fighting for?”, Wedgewood asserts that …show more content…
In other words, one of the most important factors of a long-lasting marriage is how a couple is looked upon by the society around them. According to Wedgewood, “the society as a whole has certain generally shared expectations about the kind of relationship that married couples typically have” (Wedgewood). He implies that once a couple is married, the society will come to expect that their relationship includes shared finances and housing, certain legal rights and obligations and long term commitments. Some might argue against the legalization of gay marriage by stressing on the definition of the marriage which has traditionally been defined as between a man and a woman. However, I would like to respond by saying that marriage is being redefined as society's attitudes evolve, and the majority of Americans now support gay marriage. Marriage is also a secular institution which should not be limited by religious objections to gay marriage. As Quindlen, the author of “Public and Private; Evan’s Two Moms.”, herself states, “Only 25 years ago and it was a crime for a black woman to marry a white man. Perhaps 25 years from now we will find it just as incredible that two people of the same sex were not entitled to legally commit themselves to one another” (Quindlen). She is corroborating that the definition of marriage is continually evolving and will change soon to accommodate gay
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