Gay Marriage Essay

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The issue of gay marriage has been stirring controversy among the nation for some years. Previously considered a taboo subject and only discussed within the gay community, the issue of gay marriage has made it to the forefront of national headlines. Many states are currently allowing the issue to be decided on by the voters. However, the gay community still faces some obstacles in their fight for equality. While the issue of gay marriages is gaining more acceptances, homosexual couples who choose to marry still face issues unlike those of interracial couples in the past.

Like interracial couples in the 1950s and 1960s, homosexuals have had to fight for their rights to marry the person of his or her choosing. There were laws dating back to the beginning of this country that prohibit miscegenation, or the marrying between different races. It was not until 1964 that the Anti-Miscegenation law was overturned and marriage between the races was legal. Interracial couples faced racism, hatred, and discrimination by society. While interracial couples currently enjoy the same rights that are afforded to any other married couple, the gay community is proposing the same rights. In 1978, the United States Supreme Court declared marriage to be "of fundamental importance to all individuals” (Zablocki v. Redhail 1978). The court also described marriage as "one of the basic civil rights of man" and "the most important relation in life” (International Lesbian and Gay Association, p1, 2008) The court also noted that "the right to marry is part of the fundamental right to privacy" in the U.S. Constitution” (Ed. Kate Burns, 2005). In an article written for the Duke Law Journal in 2005, Ruth K. Kailas who writes about the normative models of marriage describes one model as the Companionate Marriage. “Companionate marriages display apparitional qualities such as, "Mutual respect and affection" and, "Close and continuous association in child rearing, household management,...
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