Homosexual Marriage

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Should Homosexual Marriage Remain Illegal?

Austin Vickers
Honours 10 English

H10-3 English
Persuasive Essay

On March 7, 2000, fifty-two out of fifty-eight counties in California voted to keep homosexual marriage illegal; yet gay-activists continue to seek to overturn this legislation. This is unfortunate because the voice of the people has clearly spoken against the legalization of gay marriage. Homosexual marriage should remain illegal because the people of California voiced their opinion very strongly and took a moral stand against this issue, and this type of marriage is not what God had intended. Homosexual marriage is the union two people of the same sex. This was never an actual consideration until about the 1960’s when people started openly expressing their homosexual orientation. Originally, the California Constitution did not specify marriage as between a man and a woman; it was only in 1977 when it was amended to add the words, “between a man and a woman.” On March 7, 2000, California voted to keep homosexual marriage illegal by 89.7%. In March, 2000, Proposition 22 added Section 308.5 to the California Constitution. Section 308.5 said, “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” In 2004, some judges ruled Prop22 as unconstitutional, according to the US Constitution, and removed it from the California Constitution. In November, 2008, Prop 8 came to the ballot and was voted to keep homosexual marriage illegal. Proposition 8 was passed by a 72% vote to keep it illegal.

In my opinion, homosexual marriage should remain illegal. The first reason I believe this is that the people of California have strongly voiced their opinion and taken a strong moral stand...
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