The Legalization of Gay Marriage Essay

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Ask any American what values founded this country and you will get very similar responses: Liberty, Freedom, or justice. These values are instilled in each American and come as naturally to us as the air we breath, or do they? Just as women fought for suffrage, and African Americans in the civil rights movement, homosexuals battle for the right to marry. This issue is affecting Americans on several levels. Politically, gay marriage is one of the 'hot' issues that public officials are asked to take a position on. Legally, matters of jurisdiction have caused uncertainty on whether a couple of the same sex will be recognized should they decide to move. Socially, America is still in turmoil due to how strongly both the…show more content…
Homosexuals have the right to marry in five states: Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Leaving 45 states either unclear, such as California, which granted gay marriage in June of 2008 which was then appealed in Nov. 2008, or to ban gay marriage, such as Florida and Arizona. New York, Rhode Island and Maryland ban same sex marriage, but recognize unions from other jurisdictions (Badgett 2). This uncertainty began with the Defense of marriage act or DOMA. In 1996, President Bill Clinton passed the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law defining marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman. Section 2 of the act gave states the ability not to recognize same sex unions from other jurisdictions, while section 3 was even more controversial. It was the section that prohibited the federal government from recognizing any same sex union. This was the the first of many judicial acts that would cause the hazy view of same sex marriage in America. On February 23, 2011 President Barack Obama stated section 3 to be unconstitutional, taking a momentous step toward equality. However, the issue is far from resolved on the state level (Savage and Stolberg 3). When have such separate and opposing views been allowed between states? What would America be like today had only five states allowed integration of African Americans into educational systems? It is argued that our country should 'agree to disagree' and allow

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