The Issue Of Same Sex Marriage

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Delilah Ramirez
Political Science 101
Civil Liberties/Civil Rights Issues
November 19, 2014
I…My chosen topic is Gay Rights- more specifically marriage equality. Public opinion in the U.S. shows the majority support for the legal recognition of same-sex marriages. This issue is more likely to be supported by women and people under 50. My thesis is that marriage equality a civil right, rights we are born with as a citizen of the U.S. which the government cannot interfere with or suppress. (Lecture Notes 8/27). Over the past decade, marriage equality has become an even larger and more controversial issue. The issue of same-sex marriage equality is being supported today in 33 states by the means of laws, court cases and social changes in our society.
II… The issue of equal legal right to marry for same-sex couples first surfaced in court around the 1970s but was immediately rejected. In the 1990s several California lawyer’s organizations supported a proposed bill to permit same-sex marriage. In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed into law the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as being strictly between a man and a woman, and expresses that states do not have to recognize same-sex marriages that occur in other states. In 1997, Hawaii enacts a “domestic partnership” legislation with limited rights for same-sex partners. That same year, anti-same-sex marriage laws were in place in 12 states. In Baker v. State (1999), the Vermont Supreme Court concludes that

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