Same Sex Marriage Debate

785 Words Jul 8th, 2018 4 Pages
The gay marriage debate is complex, to say the least. Bitter, emotional, and controversial are just a few words that can be used to describe it. In 2004, Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same sex marriage; since then twelve states have approved gay marriage (Shapiro). Even though some states have decided to legalize same sex marriage others are standing firm on constitutional amendments that ban it. Deciding whether or not gay couples should be allowed to marry is drawing passion from both sides of the issue. Everyone has an opinion, and no one seems willing to compromise.
Is it right that heterosexual couples can marry but homosexual couples cannot? Well, it depends on the individual answering the question. Those who
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They argue that civil unions are not protected under the law the way marriage is. A civil union does not entitle spouses to benefits like Social Security after the death of a spouse; spouses are unable to take time off from work to care for each other, and they have no say in life and death situations (Ayres). Supporters argue that allowing heterosexual marriages protection and benefits under the law while denying homosexual couples the same protection, because of moral opinions is discrimination.
If you ask those who are against same sex marriage how they feel about equal rights and gay marriage, the answer would probably be similar to this “Individuals are worthy of equal treatment under the law, regardless of their race, but an individual’s lifestyle choices are not” (Barber). He argues that same-sex marriage has nothing to do with equal rights. Barber explains that segregation became a law to keep a class of citizens based on race under subordination; he goes on to say that homosexuals are not being treated as a subordinate class of people. Sullivan, however, believes that the goal of gay marriage opponents is to make sure that gay citizens feel unequal and remain unequal, by denying them the right to marry.
Opponents of same-sex marriage are trying to stop or reverse laws that allow homosexual couples to marry. In an attempt to do so, they have asked that federal and state legislation define marriage as a

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