Same Sex Marriage

1185 WordsJun 1, 20115 Pages
"Marriage is a coming together for better or for worse, hopefully enduring, and intimate to the degree of being sacred. It is an association that promotes a way of life, not causes; a harmony in living, not political faiths; a bilateral loyalty, not commercial or social projects.” (U.S. Supreme Court). Marriage has been defined as a religious & legal commitment between a man and woman, as well as an expression of love. Homosexuals have not been allowed to partake in these commitments and the rising support for same sex marriage is becoming more of an issue for the government and voters. There are those that are against same sex marriage, who believe that marriage should be strictly between a man and a woman (Barber), and then there are…show more content…
This is the main reason we have a Bill of Rights as well as anti-slavery and equal protection amendments. Quindlen believes that denying marriage to a homosexual couple is no different than denying marriage to black couples. “I was raised by two homosexuals. I was surrounded by homosexuals… but they did not influence me” (quote in article) this is the argument that many homosexuals make. Homosexuality to them is not a life choice that they can just choose to be they see being gay as what is biologically encoded into their brains. By making this case this becomes more about civil rights because now it can be interperated as being in the same category as being a certain race. Being the minority, Quindlen also argues that people are opposed of the idea of gay marriage because it is not what a traditional marriage is seen as. When we think of a marriage we think of the “traditional” wedding flowers, dresses, bridesmaids, rings, tuxedos, and grooms men. Supporters against same sex marriage only see this traditional marriage between a man and a woman. This aspect is what many supporters focus on. The legitimacy of a marriage is lost when it becomes between two individuals that are of the same sex. Supporters against same sex marriage believe that it threatens the structure of society along with the institution of marriage itself. This

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