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Gay Marriage

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Gay Marriage
Growing up in America as a young adult today is much different than 50 or even 100 years ago. The ethical issues we face have changed but in a sense have the same impact on certain individuals. In the year 1912 a major ethical issue was racism and slavery. In the world today racism still happens but there have been laws emplaced to protect these individuals. The law that affects many people from marrying the person they love has not yet been passed in all states; this is the law that would allow gay marriage. Gay marriage has been an uprising issue in the United States, using the theories virtue ethics and emotivism different examples will be provided to solve this issue. The thought of marriage has been around for centuries. Marriage was first known used in the fourteenth century and today it is defined as “the social institution under which a man and woman establish their decision to live as husband and wife by legal commitments, religious ceremonies, etc.” (, 2012) There are many advantages in which married couples have the right to. As a married couple it is a right to file joint income tax returns as well as create a “family partnership” which allows a couple to divide business income among family members. Another advantage that married couples have is different types of benefits. Spouses can at times be offered employment benefits, medical benefits, death benefits, and consumer benefits as well as many others. A few examples of employment benefits an individual might receive include taking family leave for a sick spouse, receiving insurance benefits through a spouse’s employer, or receiving retirement plan benefits for a deceased spouse. Some people don’t realize that sometimes the small things such as visiting your spouse in the hospital can cause troubles for homosexual couples. A large money saver comes down to consumer benefits where many businesses give married couples lower rates for health, home owners, auto, and other...

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