Political Science 1
May 14, 2013
National Advocacy: Same-Sex Marriage
The intent of this paper is to describe a contemporary controversial issue within the last three months in American politics. This paper will explain the facts related to the issue and why the issue is important. In addition to, this paper will discuss both sides of the issue and the controversy surrounding the issue. Additionally state both side’s arguments and how they support their arguments. Last, this paper will explain why I support and defend others that are pro same-sex marriage and their cause. For many years controversial issues abruptly stirred conflict, aroused discrimination and prejudices, and divided individuals, families, and communities. Today our nation is consumed by debates whether or not to allow same-sex marriages or civil unions. It is time to address profound differences to acceptance and reality. Several controversial issues in America, such as gun control, abortion, death penalty, immigration, equal employment opportunities, woman rights, same sex-marriage, animal rights, etc., to name a few, are continual debatable issues. Controversial issues are argued because of various cultural, religious, and personal opinions and beliefs. Same-sex marriage, also known and referred to as gay marriage, is marriage between two individuals of the same gender. Political and legal acknowledgment of same-sex marriage is often referred to marriage equality, specifically among supporters. The first laws that accepted and acknowledge same-sex marriage were enacted in the first 10 years of the 21st century. As of April 2013, 11 countries passed laws and enacted same-sex marriage. These countries included Belgium, Spain, Canada, Sweden, Netherlands, Argentina, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, South Africa, Portugal, and particular jurisdictions of Mexico, Brazil, and the United States. Other countries, such as New Zealand and Uruguay have enacted laws to legalize same-sex marriage and will take affect in August 2013. Many countries around the world are reexamining their laws, and some appear to be on the brink of changing them. The initiation and introduction of same-sex marriage laws is regulated and varies by jurisdiction. The acknowledgment of same-sex marriage is social, human rights, political and civil rights issue as well as a cultural and religious issue worldwide. Debates continue to arise whether or not same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, mandate a different status, such as a civil union or be denied acknowledgment of those rights. Enacting laws to allow same-sex marriage is one of the most imperative factors of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) rights. Laws affecting LGBT individuals vary by state, country, region, and territory. LGBT rights include both human and civil rights. In 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) enacted its first commandment acknowledging and recognizing LGBT rights, which was followed up with a report from the UNHRC documenting violations of the rights of LGBT individuals, including criminalization of homosexuality, hate crime, and discrimination. Following up on the report, the UNHRC encouraged countries that had not yet done so to enact laws protecting basic LGBT rights. The Pro ‘Same-Sex Marriage” Stance
Many people argue it is no one else's business if two men or two women want to get married, therefore; violation of privacy. Gay marriage is protected by the Constitution's commitments to liberty and equality. Denying same-sex couples the right to marry stigmatizes gay and lesbian families as inferior and sends the message that it is acceptable to discriminate against them. Gay marriages can bring financial gain to state and local governments. Revenue from gay marriage comes from marriage licenses, higher income taxes (the so-called "marriage penalty"), and decreases in costs for state benefit...