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Same Sex Marriage

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Gay Couples Should Have the Same Rights As Married Couples

Professor
PHI 210
June 6, 2013

Same-sex marriage is a topic that has become increasingly more debatable throughout time. America has been said to be the “land of the free,” but when it comes to homosexual couples, it is far from that. If same-sex marriage was legalized, many positive outcomes could emerge from it; the society would be closer to equality, adoption would increase, gained social support for families would develop, and it would positively affect the economy and tax revenues.

In 1993, the first national debate was made in regards to same-sex marriage, which occurred in Hawaii. According to the National Conference of State Legislature (2013), Hawaii Supreme Court ruled that laws denying same-sex couples the right to marry violated state constitutional equal protection rights, unless the state could show a “compelling reason” for such discrimination. Before this occurrence, there were seven states that had laws stating that marriage was a relationship between only man and woman. By then end of 2000, there were 40 states that restricted marriage to opposite-sex couples by applying statutory and/or constitutional provisions. Considering that was over 12 years ago, the United States has made some changes when discussing the legalization of same-sex marriage. Same-sex marriage is now legal in 12 states and the District of Columbia.

The First Amendment in the U.S. Constitution states that the separation of church and state must occur throughout the United States, meaning there is no legal way for our government to prohibit same-sex marriage. With that being said, by banning same-sex marriage, civil rights are being denied. Corvino found (2012) same-sex couples and different-sex couples ought to be treated equally under the law. Each person is supposed to be born equal, but the same rights are not provided. By allowing same-sex marriage, the society will be closer to...