Same Sex Marriage

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Same Sex Marriage Is the definition of marriage being threatened in the United States? President Bill Clinton signed the federal Defense of Marriage Act into law on September 21, 1996. This Act defined marriage at the federal level as between a man and a woman. The federal DOMA statute ensured that no state would be forced to recognize gay marriages performed in other states and prevented same-sex couples from receiving federal protections and benefits given to married heterosexual couples. On February 23, 2011 President Obama instructed the Justice Department to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act saying that is violates the Fifth Amendment.
Gay marriage has already been legalized in twelve states: Massachusetts, Connecticut,
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Girls who are raised apart from their fathers are reportedly at higher risk for early sexual activity. (827 KB) Also without a mother, children will not have the emotional security that a mother gives to her children. Same sex marriage also increases the amount of single parenthood. Denmark made same sex marriage legal in 1987 and according to Stanley Kurtz, PhD in February 2004 60% of children born in Denmark were out of marriage. (01 JS)
Legalizing same sex marriage will also cause more problems for future generations. Susan Golombok, PhD, observed that 25% of sampled young adults raised by lesbian mothers had engaged in a homoerotic relationship while 0% of sampled young adults raised by heterosexual mothers. (03 BJE) If we allow same sex marriage then it will become the norm and will be taught in schools. It could also cause the United States to go down a road where other nontraditional relationships like polygamy and incest will expect the right to be married. Glen Lavy, JD, senior counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund said, "The movement for polygamy and polyamory is poised to use the successes of same-sex couples as a springboard for further de-institutionalizing marriage."
Some may argue that same sex marriage would bring in more tax money but in reality “The Congressional Budget Office estimated on Dec. 17, 2009 that extending employment benefits to same-sex domestic partners of federal employees would cost the
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