Traditional and Gay Marriage

838 WordsJun 19, 20184 Pages
Although marriage is recognized legally, religiously, and socially by various groups of people, it has a central meaning. The widely accepted definition of marriage is the lifelong commitment of a man and a woman to each other, sanctioned by God and State, in order to bear children and obtain a companion. Traditional arguments state that the right to marry belongs to heterosexuals. Today, however, same-sex marriage has become a challenge to that theory and is positively redefining the way society views marriage. The Government and religious institutions play a key role in the establishment and maintenance of a marriage. In order to be wed, couples typically obtain a marriage license, and soon after, celebrate by carrying out marriage…show more content…
There are only 17 states that have legalized gay marriage. These states have seen some of the lowest divorce rates in United States history, and have the highest marriage rates. The other 33 states, which have bans on gay marriage, have high divorce rates. (“In the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit”) Despite the benefits seen from homosexual marriage, those who do not advocate same-sex marriage still argue that gay marriage should not be discussed legally. They feel that same-sex marriage is not a right. In the United States Constitution, the Constitutional Convention wrote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” (The Declaration of Independence) Marriage, in terms of the Constitution, is essential to the pursuit of happiness. To be able to celebrate one of the most important relationships one can share with another is an essential key to happiness. Also, the Supreme Court has stated that, “there is a constitutional right to marry.” (“The Right to Marry”) During the case of Loving vs Virginia, the Supreme Court pronounced that marriage is one of the basic rights of man and should be protected as such. (Brief on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in Support of
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