Same-Sex Marriage vs. Traditional Notions of Marriage

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James Allee
Sandra Griffin
English 101: 3:30
17 November 2011
Same-sex Marriage
Marriage is the legal or religious ceremony that formalizes the decision of two people to live as a married couple. Evidence of the beginning of marriage can date all the way back to ancient Mesopotamia and Babylonia. During this time period, is when such ideas as wedding, marriage, and divorce began developing. The traditional average day family consisted of a mother, husband, and brothers and sisters. Society and Religion saw it fit that the union of a man and a woman, benefited the future of the society best. Religion believes marriage to be for sexual intercourse and thus reproducing more persons. Reproduction is only achieved through a man and a woman, and it is still believed that the best rearing of children is done by two of the opposite gender. Although that is how it was in those days, tradition does not necessarily mean lawful. From the time of the Babylonians to this present day, marriages of all different types began to take place. Some see this as equality, where others think this may lead to the demeaning of marriage and what it is supposed to symbolize.

According to La Shawn Barber, in Slippery Slope, interracial marriage may be the start to the downfall of matrimony. According to Barbara, a marriage between an African person and a Caucasian person is not wrong, but it could possibly start a snowball effect for others to think marriage is permissible between any two people. A famous court case, that is still remembered to this day, is the Loving v. Virginia case. These court hearings became a very popular interest to anyone that was married to someone of the opposite race. Richard and Mildred Loving left their home state of Virginia to be wed. Once they returned to Virginia, their door was busted down and they were arrested for unlawful cohabitation. Virginia’s highest court ruled in favor for the law of miscegenation and affirmed the convictions. This...
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