Same Sex Marriage Should Be Legalized

972 Words Jul 30th, 2015 4 Pages
Same sex couples have been waiting for same sex marriage to be legalized for many decades. According to Ken LaMance, “One of the first documented challenges to same-sex marriages occurred on May 18th, 1970, where two men applied for a marriage license in Heppenin County, Minnesota” (LaMance). Their request was denied because they felt marriage should be between a man and a woman. Civil Unions were the first step in legalizing same sex marriage. Civil Unions were introduced in 2000 in Vermont. Civil unions become more and more popular in the early 2000’s. Civil unions were put into place to provide some legal protection and responsibilities to same sex couples. While the civil union was supposed to provide some type of legalization for same sex couple, but had restrictions. Some of the restrictions were partners were not able to be on their partners health insurance and could not make medical decisions. Massachusetts was the first state to legalize same sex marriage. The same sex marriage, first ceremony was between two females. According to the Washington Post, "Cambridge, Mass., May 17 -- America 's first gay marriage fully authorized by law took place here this morning when Tanya McCloskey, 52, and Marcia Kadish, 56, exchanged vows at the Cambridge City Hall” (Washington Post). Many states followed Massachusetts lead in legalizing same sex marriage. On June 26, 2015, same sex couples were giving the right to marry in all 50 states based on the decision reached by the…
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