Same Sex Marriage Should Be Legal

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In 2015, same-sex marriage has been ruled legal in all 50 states but that wasn’t always the case. Gay Marriage has been a conflict since the Roman Empire. In 342 AD Christian emperors Constantius and Constans issued a law in the Theodosian Code prohibiting same-sex marriage in Rome and ordering execution for those who married. Marriage existed between a male Roman and female Roman citizen, so that marriage between two Roman males (or with a slave) would have no legal standing in Roman law. In the United States, same-sex marriage is recognized by the U.S. federal government and is legal in 35 U.S. states. Most Americans live in a jurisdiction where same-sex couples can legally marry. Same-sex marriage in New York became legal in July 24, 2011. New York is the seventh state to license same-sex marriage. As an institution that has become more egalitarian and is considered to be a human right, marriage should be made available to couples regardless of gender. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, making the Empire State the sixth in the nation to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed, in 2009. In 2012, Barack Obama becomes the first sitting president to announce his support for same-sex marriage. Voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington state approve laws legalizing same-sex marriage, becoming the first states to do so through popular votes. In 2013, The Supreme Court strikes down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, requiring the

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